All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on July 8, 2013
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A couple of years ago I needed to change my health insurance. When choosing my coverage, I made sure that my insurance was accepted in at least one of the three Magnet® hospitals in Los Angeles County.As a nurse working and delivering care at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I... Read More
Published on July 2, 2013
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“I can think of no person in California more committed to local, state and national emergency preparation,” says Mary Dee Hacker, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services at Children’s Hospital. Kathy Stevenson, BSN, RN, PCS,... Read More
Published on June 27, 2013
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I remember having chickenpox when I was a kid and I thought it was the worst thing possible. I looked like a Dalmatian puppy with pink spots of calamine lotion from head to toe. I cried because I thought I didn’t look like a pretty princess anymore. Most of all, I remember... Read More
Published on May 21, 2013
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By Karen Rogers, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Pediatrics. Recently we talked about how to help prevent bullying of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an all too common problem. Just as scary,... Read More
Published on May 15, 2013
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In all marriages there are levels of disagreement and conflict. It’s natural and part of growing as a married couple and as family. But, is there a correct way to disagree and argue when kids are present? Stephanie Marcy, PhD, psychologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles... Read More
Published on May 15, 2013
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This blog post originally published on May 15, 2013.Three women, recently, have been the icon of strength and courage since their escape from Ariel Castro’s decade long captivity in Cleveland. As the three women who were kidnapped in their youth and held for a decade in... Read More
Published on May 10, 2013
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Mother’s Day arrived a few days early at our hospital for kids and their moms. On Wednesday, May 8, Drew Barrymore, her cosmetic line, FLOWER, along with a number of hair and make-up stylists arrived ready to host an afternoon of pampering. The afternoon of spa bliss... Read More
Published on April 23, 2013
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On Monday, April 22, American Idol paid a special visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to visit our patients and bring smiles to their faces. Each of the Top 4 Idol contestants, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Candice Glover and Angie Miller, was on hand to interact with our... Read More
Published on April 5, 2013
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A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, featured in the New York Times and other media outlets, showed an 11 percent rise in diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in school-age kids. As a parent or guardian, you may wonder, “How... Read More
Published on March 29, 2013
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This summer, when you “Think Blue,” you will also be able to “Think Children's Hospital Los Angeles.” As the presenting sponsor of a first-ever play zone for kids at Dodger Stadium, Children's Hospital Los Angeles will be a very special part of the Dodgers first-ever... Read More
Published on March 28, 2013
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My amazing boy, Michael, has Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS) as do many other strong, talented and brave children. Most of the time, this syndrome is caught very early in life. Michael wasn't diagnosed until he was seven years old. SDS is a rare genetic disorder involving... Read More
Published on March 15, 2013
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For the second year in a row, the biggest night and the biggest names in music converged at House of Blues on Sunset following the GRAMMY Awards in February for a charity concert benefiting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The evening featured performances by deadmau5 featuring... Read More
Published on March 8, 2013
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A Parent's Journey
Published on March 8, 2013
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Kids are programmed to play, be imaginative and act silly. But when kids are hospitalized, it can be hard for them to channel their playful nature. Hospital rooms can feel sterile and don’t feel like “home.” Yet, imagine being a child and having your hospital room redecorated... Read More
Published on March 5, 2013
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Patients and families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles got a special surprise on Friday, March 1. Members of the Cullen family (Actors: Peter Facinelli, Liz Reaser, Jackson Rathbone and Nikki Reed) from The Twilight Saga stopped by to surprise them with a private screening of... Read More
Published on March 4, 2013
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Danny's physician was preparing his parents, Carlos & Aracely, for the worst . . . soon, it would be time to take their 18-month old boy off of the machines keeping him alive. The toddler was living on a ventilator and a feeding tube and was in jeopardy of losing his life.... Read More
Published on March 1, 2013
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By Valerie N. Lacuesta, AuD, CCC-A, Pediatric Audiologist in the Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine In the United States, hearing loss is estimated to affect two to four newborns out of 1,000. Newborn hearing screenings are now mandatory at birth. Through the hearing... Read More
Published on February 25, 2013
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Joaquin Quiñonez Jr. didn’t know that he’d become “famous” on the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Facebook page. And he really didn’t know the impact his little message was having. But when he pasted the phrase “ENJOY LIFE!” in 2-foot-tall letters on his window facing Sunset... Read More
Published on February 19, 2013
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Currently, hearing screening is conducted at birth and before a child enters kindergarten. If a hearing problem is missed in the newborn or develops later, the child can have delays in speech, language, and brain development. This could also effect a child’s social skills and... Read More
Published on February 14, 2013
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Through art, our kids find pain relief and a channel to explore feelings and imagination during their treatments and recovery. We normalize their hospital experience and provide new learning opportunities by working with local artists through Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’... Read More

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