All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on March 18, 2020
​​​​​​​Some kids just don’t want to do it, or don’t know how to do it right: washing their hands. This page provides some handy resources to motivate kids to use proper hand hygiene.
Published on March 6, 2020
An unexpected internship placement propelled psychologist Cynthia E. Muñoz to become an advocate for children with this chronic disease.
Published on March 5, 2020
As a congenital heart surgeon, single mom and impassioned “student of diversity,” Cynthia Herrington, MD, encourages us to be kind to ourselves while also going after the things that make us whole.
Published on March 3, 2020
by Saranya Veluswamy, MD Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common genetic blood disorders, affecting over 100,000 Americans and 1 in 365 African-American newborn babies. It is an autosomal recessive condition, where homozygous or compound heterozygous individuals... Read More
Published on February 28, 2020
For Amy Lohmann, working to elevate nurse practitioners is part of the job “My favorite thing about culture at [Children’s Hospital Los Angeles] is that the patient always is the top priority. Everybody here strives to make the experience for our patients the best it can... Read More
Published on February 28, 2020
They wear lab coats in place of capes, safety goggles instead of masks, and wield pipets - not swords. But they are still our heroes.Feb 11th was International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and March 8th is International Women's Day. Did you know that more than half of... Read More
Published on February 28, 2020
Pediatric Surgeon Lorraine Kelley-Quon is tackling the opioid crisis with an eye to improving long-term health outcomes.
Published on February 28, 2020
Learn the Risks and Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse in Teens by Candace Pearson Studies show that 1 in 8 teens report trying opioids in high school recreationally, and 80 percent of people who use heroin started by misusing prescription opioids. Currently, opioid-... Read More
Published on February 27, 2020
Pediatrician Tanya Altmann of the CHLA Health Network replaces fiction with fact.
Published on February 25, 2020
What drives CHLA’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care? “I’m a fighter for the underdog,” says Dr. Foster, “because not everyone has a voice.” CHLA's Chief Nursing Officer talks about hope, leadership and the chance to aspire.
Published on February 24, 2020
Lindsay Andras, MD Children with anxious parents are more than twice as likely to be taking narcotics at their first post-operative visit. Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has uncovered a surprising predictor of post-operative opioid use in children: a parent’s... Read More
Published on February 24, 2020
3D Cardiac Printing Enters the Virtual World - Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Virtual reality heart models give surgeons and cardiologists instant insight into a patient’s complex anatomy. Jon Detterich, MD For nearly eight years, Jon Detterich, MD, has been printing advanced 3D heart models to help surgeons and cardiologists at Children’s Hospital... Read More
Published on February 24, 2020
Cynthia Herrington, MD A novel design from a team led by Cynthia Herrington, MD, gears up for preclinical studies. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles recently received a patent for a novel device that aims to solve a vexing problem: how to provide mechanical support for... Read More
Published on February 21, 2020
Leigh Ramos-Platt, MD Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has so far treated four SMA patients with gene therapy. The Neuromuscular Disorders Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is at the forefront of new treatment options for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and Duchenne... Read More
Published on February 21, 2020
Geoffrey Von Der Ahe, 18, who has been a patient at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since birth, says living with a heart defect has made him want to give back to other kids—and study medicine one day
Published on February 18, 2020
The team will present findings from two clinical projects at the American Urological Association meeting in May. The Division of Urology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has an active clinical research program with nearly a dozen innovative projects—focused on bladder... Read More
Published on February 18, 2020
Andy Chang, MD A new clinical trial at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will study patients as young as 5 who are undergoing VCUG exams. A new clinical trial at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is investigating whether virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality can reduce... Read More
Published on February 18, 2020
CHLA expert David Schonfeld, MD, Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, provides advice on how to talk to children of all ages about the death of someone they know, whether it’s a family member, friend or public... Read More
Published on February 12, 2020
Paul Kokorowski, MD, MPH Paul Kokorowski, MD, MPH, shares what he’s learning from a four-year study at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. New results from a Children’s Hospital Los Angeles study show that many children undergoing outpatient urologic surgeries do not need... Read More
Published on February 7, 2020
How Noa outran three heart surgeries—and retinoblastoma