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During the winter, the flu isn’t the only illness we’re at risk for—pneumonia is a culprit too. In fact, we’ve seen the topic of pneumonia in the media lately because former First Lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized for the illness, according to the New York Times. Pneumonia is... Read More
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Soon after becoming a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 11-year-old Connor and his mom discovered something wonderful and unexpected—the hospital hosts a steady stream of therapy dogs! Connor with therapy dog, Rocky.   In 20 stays over the past eight months,... Read More
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Parents of young girls face the all-important question, "When do I talk to my daughter about puberty?" In my experience as a nurse teaching puberty classes in my community for 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes at various elementary schools near my home, I've developed a list of... Read More
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It’s the middle of flu season and many of you have taken action to prevent the flu from affecting your family, which includes getting the flu shot, washing your hands often, among other things. At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we see children who are already sick and often... Read More
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On September 30, the Teen Lounge was filled with laughing kids and parents as they got to take in a special screening of the 25th season premiere of America’s Funniest Home Videos (AFV) alongside the comedic host, Tom Bergeron. Tom was an instant hit with all the patients he... Read More
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Our dog volunteers visit the hospital daily. They wear a purple bandanna and have their own Children’s Hospital Los Angeles identification badge. We’re proud of our dog volunteers because they do a lot of good for patients and families receiving care at the hospital. They help... Read More
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We need your help. January is more than just a cold, winter month. It’s a month of new beginnings, resolutions and goals. Resolve to donate blood and give the gift of life to kids receiving chemotherapy, undergoing heart surgery, fighting Sickle Cell Disease and recovering from... Read More
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By RN Remedies blogger, Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP Recently, I came across an article about digital stress and its effects on teenagers. Working in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, this is often a topic of concern for teenagers and their families. More... Read More
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Despite the fact that I am a nurse, it’s still scary when my son runs up to me with blood dripping down his face from a bloody nose. It can be equally scary for both parent and child to figure out how to make a nosebleed stop. As with most things, remaining calm as a parent is... Read More
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As a baby, Amanda was treated for leukemia at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  Now, at age seventeen, she's not only a survivor, but an abc7 Cool Kid as a result of her efforts to raise money for the hospital. Amanda, and her friend Angelica, presented a check for the money... Read More
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When I was a kid I didn’t enjoy having my nails trimmed. I always worried that my mom was going to cut them too short or that it would hurt. Nail trimming and care can be a big source of stress for parents too. It is important to care for your child’s nails because nails... Read More
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  Last year Jack Osbourne, son of hard rocker Ozzy Osbourne and TV host, Sharon Osbourne, went public with his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). Jack, 26 years old, has lost 60% of the vision in his right eye. Click here to watch him discuss his diagnosis, alongside his... Read More
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In my experience as nurse, I’ve seen, firsthand, the health risks associated with teens text messaging too frequently. These can include sleep deprivation, carpal tunnel syndrome, visual changes, headaches. It’s also possible that the psychological health of a teen can be... Read More
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When I was a child, I remember my mom being concerned about her weight after having 6 children. I also remember how moody and irritable she became at one time when she was taking diet pills. Although I was too young to know why, my older siblings called her diet pills “grouchy... Read More
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In my last post, "Talking to Your Daughter About Puberty," I presented tips for parents about how to broach the subject of puberty with their daughters. These included helpful hints for how to explain what puberty is, discussing breast development and talk about shaving with... Read More
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My two boys are ages 13 and 15 and my wife and I sometimes find that they want to spend time in our bed on lazy mornings. It’s a nice way for us to spend time together as a family, which also includes our dog. When our boys were infants, we cuddled and hugged them often, and... Read More
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We all get emotional and perhaps say and do things we regret. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who hasn’t. The reason I bring this up is because I recently read a sad story about a teenager with no prior history of violence, who let his emotions and aggression take over his body... Read More
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A baby monitor is an item many new parents have, including me. I’ve heard “the good” and “the bad” on baby monitors. As a nurse, I specialize in rehabilitation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and writing about injury prevention is close to my heart. I want you to walk away... Read More
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If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burns, eye injuries, lost fingers, as well as other even more serious trauma in both young children and adults. That's why the best way to keep your family safe this holiday is to attend a public fireworks display. By leaving the... Read More
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Halloween is a fun and creative time for both children and parents, but is also a night for families to pay extra attention to safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of pedestrian-related fatalities among children increases significantly... Read More

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