All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on May 26, 2019
Christina and George Legg honor their nephew’s care and establish a substantial estate gift for CHLA.
Published on May 25, 2019
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is grateful for our generous community of philanthropic partners. Throughout the year, supporters of all ages come together to raise awareness about pediatric health care, learn about the hospital’s accomplishments, celebrate and fundraise for... Read More
Published on May 22, 2019
By Matt Villano Not even a rare marrow disorder can keep Isaiah off the ice for long Watching 11-year-old Isaiah play hockey, one might think he had the sport in his blood. No. 71 is always the fastest kid on the ice, chasing down the puck with seemingly effortless speed. His... Read More
Published on May 17, 2019
When it comes to pediatric brain cancers, research and treatments have made great strides. But some cancers do not respond to conventional treatments or grow deep within delicate areas of the brain, where surgical removal can be impossible.Peter Chiarelli, MD, PhD, has received... Read More
Published on May 16, 2019
Research performed over the last several decades has led to an increased understanding of the genetics of cancer. The clinical application of this knowledge for pediatric cancer has lagged behind studies performed for adults. In a perspectives article published in the... Read More
Published on May 16, 2019
For the tenth year in a row, doctors, family members, and the Los Angeles community came together to support cancer research at the St. Baldrick’s Annual Head Shave Event. This year’s event held particular significance for one of CHLA’s doctors, Robert Seeger, MD, MS (pictured... Read More
Published on May 14, 2019
By Blake French, Speech Pathologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles  Who are speech-language pathologists? Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are trained clinicians who specialize in the assessment and treatment of communication disorders. SLPs have a wide scope of... Read More
Published on May 10, 2019
What is the most important thing parents need to know about a measles outbreak? The most important thing is to have your children vaccinated if they have not already received their vaccines. The measles vaccine is safe and highly effective. How does measles spread? Measles... Read More
Published on May 7, 2019
Cuando uno se criaba en los años 50, las enfermedades durante la infancia parecían inevitables. Por ejemplo, todos mis hermanos pasaron la varicela y uno de mis vecinos padeció poliomielitis. Después, las familias empezaron a tener una mayor disponibilidad de las vacunas para... Read More
Published on May 1, 2019
Growing up in the ‘50s, childhood diseases seemed unavoidable. For example, all my siblings experienced chickenpox and one of my neighbors was affected by polio. Then vaccinations became more available to families for prevention of disease and illness like the chickenpox,... Read More
Published on April 24, 2019
Baby Striver was born with three heart chambers instead of four. He’s been a fighter ever since. By Matt Villano The early stages of Megan’s pregnancy began the way these things often do. There was the nervous anticipation of that positive pregnancy test; the joy expectant... Read More
Published on April 10, 2019
بقلم كاتي سويني أولا ، اهتزت أصابع يديه. ثم اهتزت أصابع قدميه. الآن، يقوم بتحريك رأسه للجانبين، ويقطب حاجبيه عندما يختلف معك. بالنسبة لعلي المطوع - البالغ من العمر ثلاث أعوام - وبالنسبة لوالديه وأسرته، والأطباء والممرضات والمعالجين في مستشفى لوس أنجلوس للأطفال Children’s... Read More
Published on April 9, 2019
Bringing a baby into the world involves many firsts – mothers and fathers are discovering their new roles, babies are learning what it means to live outside the womb, and the family is forging a relationship and bonding. But what happens when this time of uncertainty is... Read More
Published on April 4, 2019
How occupational therapist Jamie Berggren helps infants recover from a potentially disabling nerve injury suffered at birth. By Jeff Weinstock Therapy is a bummer, Maurice could tell you. It’s his first teachable moment, and at 8 months old he’s receiving it on his stomach,... Read More
Published on April 3, 2019
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Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may face daily challenges in the areas of social interaction and engaging with others, communication, sensory processing, cognitive difficulties and motor planning and coordination skills.   Having your child work with an... Read More
Published on March 19, 2019
A cancer gene called MYCN (red) appears in high levels in cone cells (green). These cone cells can go on to form retinoblastoma tumors. Image provided by Dr. Hardeep Singh, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.Retinoblastoma is a tumor of the retina that generally affects children... Read More
Published on March 15, 2019
By Katie Sweeney On the morning of Aug. 21, 2017, a nurse brought a special gift into 2-year-old Elliott’s room at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: a pair of eclipse glasses. It was the day of the much-anticipated total solar eclipse—the first in nearly a century to be... Read More
Published on March 8, 2019
They wear lab coats in place of capes, safety goggles instead of masks, and wield pipets - not swords. But they are still our heroes.At CHLA, we are proud to honor women in science for International Women’s Day!Please visit to learn about 6 talented... Read More
Published on March 7, 2019
Bianca Edison, MD Finding the Best Possible Answer 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 and build... Read More
Published on March 7, 2019
Jodi Ogden, MBA Doing Important work 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 and build healthier... Read More