All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on April 16, 2018
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If you are a parent who has been awakened from slumber with a child crying in pain, you can understand my distress at watching my son wake up in pain night after night. My son started having “growing pains” early in toddlerhood—18 months old was the first episode that I can... Read More
Published on April 12, 2018
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In a previous blog, I worked with a central venous catheter (CVC) specialist to discuss proper care and hygiene of a central line, and how to troubleshoot problems that can occur. I now want to share what I have learned from caregivers who work with central lines. In addition... Read More
Published on April 6, 2018
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A rare, polio-like illness called acute flaccid myelitis appeared on the national radar in 2014 and may be on track to return this summer and fall. Here is one family’s story, and a look at CHLA’s innovative, multidisciplinary approach. By Candace Pearson Like many parents,... Read More
Published on April 3, 2018
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If you have school-age children in your house I am sure you are familiar with the homemade slime craze. Many parents love the idea of making slime and why not? It’s a rare chance for kids to be technology-free, and encourages them to express their creativity by adding... Read More
Published on March 30, 2018
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Robert Adler, MD, MSEd, doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t want to be a pediatrician. “It never gets boring, because every family is different,” he says. “Every family has different aspirations and goals for their kids.” After 40 years in the field, his enthusiasm is still... Read More
Published on March 20, 2018
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My name is Grace Rose and I’m 15 years old. I was born with cystic fibrosis, which is a life-threatening disease that attacks my lungs and digestive system. I need to be watched carefully and treated often. I’ve been going to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since I was very... Read More
Published on March 15, 2018
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One of the most exciting milestones for parents is their child’s first steps. They will film it, post it on social media, and tell all their friends about that exciting day. So it is no surprise that as a physical therapist to children with special needs, I am often asked, “... Read More
Published on March 14, 2018
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In addition to providing world-class care for children diagnosed with biliary atresia, physicians in the Liver Transplant Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are trying to understand biliary atresia and find better ways to treat it. What is biliary atresia? Biliary... Read More
Published on March 5, 2018
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Jennifer Raymond, MD, MCR Lessons Learned From Challenges Faced Jennifer Raymond, MD, MCR, grew up in Garnett, Kansas, earned her undergraduate degree at Kansas State University, received her medical degree at University of Kansas, and earned a Master of Clinical Research... Read More
Published on March 5, 2018
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Sylvia Del Castillo, MD Resilience Is Key Sylvia Del Castillo, MD, grew up in Brownsville, Texas, graduated from medical school at Texas A&M College of Medicine. After completing her residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center, she came to CHLA... Read More
Published on March 5, 2018
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Lara M. Khouri, MBA, MPH Getting Things Done Five Questions 1. What did you say when you were a young girl and someone asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I was interested in being a lawyer, because a family friend that I admired was an attorney. I always... Read More
Published on March 5, 2018
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Nancy J. Lee, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Keeping Patients and Families as her Beacon Nancy Lee was born in Fairfield, Iowa and grew up in Lakewood, Calif. She went to Riverside City College for her nursing degree, and California State University Dominguez Hills for bachelor’s and... Read More
Published on March 5, 2018
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Tracy Zaslow, MD, FAAP, CAQSM Take a Step Back to Move Forward Tracy Zaslow, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, grew up in Los Angeles. She earned degrees in biochemistry and cell biology at the University of California, San Diego. After earning her medical degree at New York Medical College... Read More
Published on March 2, 2018
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Superheroes come in many shapes and sizes. In the movies and the comics, they’re most often big and strong, with bulging biceps and superpowers unlike anything we earthlings have ever seen. In real life, however, superheroes often look much different, their powers subtler.... Read More
Published on February 23, 2018
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Jim Harrison, age 2 CHLA’s Home Mechanical Ventilation Program Marks 40th Anniversary There was a time when it was devastating news for a parent to learn that in order to survive, their child would need to be hospitalized and require assistance to breathe with a mechanical... Read More
Published on February 23, 2018
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When I decided to look into the question of amber teething beads for infants, I first searched the internet to see what popped up. Google produced a host of very pretty looking beads for sale for this purpose. As a lover of amber, coral and turquoise I can understand the... Read More
Published on February 22, 2018
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By Katie Sweeney On a picture-perfect summer day at the lake in August 2016, William Lievense, then 9, stood at the edge of the dock, ready to jump gleefully into the water one more time. At that moment, his life was still the normal life he had always known. In that life,... Read More
Published on February 15, 2018
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After beating back two life-threatening illnesses, the resilient teenager has a new heart to take forward and a bout with cancer to leave behind. By Jeff Weinstock Consider this a chicken-and-egg discussion no one ever wanted to have, but knowing which came first, the... Read More
Published on February 6, 2018
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By Katie Sweeney Fifteen-year-old Zerkari Payne is back at school these days, hanging out with his friends again and “shooting some hoop.” The outgoing high school sophomore has more energy than he can ever remember. “I feel like a brand-new person,” Zerkari says. Still, the... Read More
Published on January 24, 2018
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I am lucky enough to have been raised Spanish-English bilingual in Los Angeles, a city in which greater than 50 percent of the population speaks a language other than English. Current estimates indicate that the number of people whose first language is not English will... Read More

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