All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on March 7, 2019
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Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, MS Supporting Vulnerable Communities Today we celebrate women who tear down walls, face challenges head-on and push boundaries in their field of expertise and beyond. They are mentors, advocates, leaders and healers who work passionately to create hope... Read More
Published on February 28, 2019
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What caused a young girl’s liver and kidney disease? The mystery continues as her doctors plan for a transplant of both organs. By Jeff Weinstock Rachel Lestz, MD, not one to mince words or to conserve them, is abruptly stuck in a pause, halfway between a plausible... Read More
Published on February 22, 2019
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By Katie Sweeney The new heart was on its way down from the helipad. At the same time, Cynthia Herrington, MD, was carefully removing Ruben’s old heart from his chest. It was a heart she had seen before—she had operated on it when Ruben, now 2, was just a few days old. She... Read More
Published on February 21, 2019
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Young Charlie is living a full life—with half a heart By Matt Villano  Considering the amount of love in his life, considering how much he seems to enjoy every moment with his siblings and parents, it’s hard to believe 8-month-old Charlie was born with half a heart. The... Read More
Published on February 15, 2019
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By Bhavana Arora, MD, Medical Director CHLA Health Network   Parents of teenagers can feel like they’re constantly fighting for their kids’ attention. The competition? Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.   Consider this: Today’s teens do not know a world without smartphones... Read More
Published on January 30, 2019
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By Michael Y. Park It seems like the magic of the moment sweeps up Eliana, unannounced, at key instances in her life. Last year it happened at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala, when she was brought onstage by none other than musician, producer and music mogul... Read More
Published on January 24, 2019
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By Katie Sweeney This is a story about Kalea and Noah—two siblings who are also best friends. Best, best friends.      “Oh my gosh, they are completely best friends,” says their mom, Nohea. “From the beginning, their personalities complemented each other perfectly.”     ... Read More
Published on January 17, 2019
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The effects of childhood cancer seemed destined to thwart Alberto’s brilliance at the piano, until he was introduced to a university engineering professor who had an idea. By Jeff Weinstock Of the two ways to get on Alberto’s good side, the more obvious one is to stand to... Read More
Published on December 19, 2018
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The holidays are here which means your kids may be home from daycare or school. Here are some ways from our Rehabilitation and Audiology team to keep your children occupied, entertained, and active while working toward building motor skills and promoting language.  
Published on December 10, 2018
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Emmy Award-winning writer, director and producer Ryan Murphy is known for championing underrepresented groups in Hollywood, such as women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. In his personal life, too, Murphy channels his energy into causes that impact the lives of others.... Read More
Published on December 9, 2018
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Each and every donor makes an impact at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. And when donors band together, the effect can be exponential. The Ambassadors—a community of philanthropic partners who raise funds and awareness on behalf of the hospital throughout the year—underscore... Read More
Published on December 8, 2018
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Grants from the St. Baldrick's Foundation are among the most competitive in the field of pediatric cancer. Since 2005, Children's Hospital Los Angeles has received nearly $7.4 million in philanthropic support from St. Baldrick's, the largest private funder of childhood cancer... Read More
Published on December 7, 2018
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Doctors at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles team up to solve the puzzle of a child’s vision problems. By Candace Pearson One ordinary, random morning, when he was barely 5 years old, Reiter woke up and “he was a different child,” recalls his mother, Stephanie. “I see two... Read More
Published on December 7, 2018
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For five weeks in 1987, Joan Anderson found herself living at Children's Hospital Los Angeles—staying day and night with her infant daughter, who needed surgery and treatment for a stomach blockage and infection. "It was scary," Anderson recalls. "But my doctor, Dr. Robert Adler... Read More
Published on December 6, 2018
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At 97, Sophia Scano Fitzmaurice has been investing in research into thalassemia, an inherited form of anemia, for 64 years. In that time, she has seen treatment outcomes and life expectancies improve dramatically—in no small part because of investigations she supports at... Read More
Published on December 4, 2018
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Cue-based feeding is a broad term to describe a process by which parents and medical providers can successfully attend to developmental cues to promote optimal feeding opportunities. It is also referred to as infant-led or demand feeding. This approach may be used to heighten... Read More
Published on November 29, 2018
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By Katie Sweeney Meet Richard. He’s in fifth grade, loves his teacher, enjoys running, swimming and drawing, and has an ear-to-ear smile that makes him friends wherever he goes. And he’s gone a lot of places lately—while he lives in Los Angeles right now, his real home is in... Read More
Published on November 29, 2018
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Katie Sweeney记 向大家介绍Richard(理查德) ,他现就读五年级,喜爱他的老师,喜欢跑步、游泳和画画。他满脸的笑容在他所到之处都能为他带来朋友。近日他曾到访很多地方,他现正住在洛杉矶,然而他真正的家是在北京。但是他的母亲希望你们知到有些关于Richard尤为重要的事情︰就是他有勇气;许多的勇气。并且从 2017年1月19日至今,他实在需要这每一股的勇气。那天,仍在北京的Richard 被确诊患有神经母细胞瘤 (neuroblastoma),这是一种由未完全发育的神经细胞引起的癌病。在他的腹腔长着一大个肿块,... Read More
Published on November 21, 2018
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Six officers race on all seven continents for the sake of helping others. By Michael Y. Park An experienced runner who’d traveled around the globe to race, Randy Pentis was used to seeing courses lined with gawking onlookers. But this? This was something else entirely. He... Read More
Published on November 13, 2018
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When 7-year-old Evabelle was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, her parents found empowerment and support at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. By Candace Pearson Sometimes, the early signs that a child is ill can be so subtle, a family may not realize what’s happening—until... Read More

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