All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on August 2, 2016
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Dieter Stelling is back in the swim, thanks to the specialized skills of the Children's Orthopaedic Center's Hip Preservation Program. Dieter Stelling feels right at home in the ocean, where he loves to dive and snorkel, exploring marine life. Out of the water, he prefers... Read More
Published on July 29, 2016
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A study led by researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) suggests that maternal HIV infection influences the microbiome of their HIV-uninfected infants.  Their findings, reported online in the journal Science Translational Medicine on... Read More
Published on July 28, 2016
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Until the day her family got a surprise phone call from Mitch Seruya, MD, Heather Murillo had been at a loss. Murillo’s youngest daughter, Stella Carrillo, had brachial plexus palsy—also called Erb’s palsy—a condition that rendered her unable to use her left arm. The... Read More
Published on July 26, 2016
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A study by researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the California Department of Public Health suggests that all babies with a known mutation for cystic fibrosis (CF) and second mutation called the 5T allele should receive... Read More
Published on July 22, 2016
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Regulating how the gut microbiome interacts with the immune system may protect the intestine from injury by decreasing inflammationInflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) causes immeasurable suffering to those afflicted and costs our society about $1.2 billion annually.At its core, IBD... Read More
Published on July 21, 2016
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Lying in the back seat of his parents’ car on July 3, 2012, 13-year-old Nathan Newman had no idea just how much his life was about to change. Up until that summer, when his headaches started, he’d always been happy and healthy. Sports were his life, and he played on club... Read More
Published on July 19, 2016
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Marketing junk food to kids A recent study confirms what parents and food companies have known for years – advertisements aimed at kids are effective. We’ve all seen a young child, seated in the shopping cart – reaching longingly for a brightly colored box of cereal displaying... Read More
Published on July 15, 2016
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Robert Seeger, MD (center), in 1991Cell lines, or populations of identical cells maintained in a laboratory, are fundamental to even the most basic of biomedical research. With a thriving cell line, researchers do not have to rely on precious, and often rare, patient samples.“... Read More
Published on July 12, 2016
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While rare, a percentage of congenital craniofacial abnormalities may indicate a risk of developing cancer. This critical insight may change the course of treatment in order to ensure the best possible outcome for patients.Seemingly straightforward craniofacial conditions, such... Read More
Published on July 12, 2016
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A few years ago, I wrote a blog about helping teenagers cope with chronic illness, especially when it means they have to take medications or do daily monitoring tasks like checking blood sugar or doing breathing treatments. It is not easy and as teenagers start to transition... Read More
Published on July 12, 2016
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Since Elise Martinez was 2 years old, she was debilitated by a condition that could not be properly diagnosed.  It caused severe impaction in the bowels, arthritis and malnutrition. The many pediatric specialists she saw before coming to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles... Read More
Published on July 8, 2016
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What happens in early childhood can matter for a lifetime.Pediatricians are growing increasingly alarmed about the dangers of so-called “toxic stress”—chronic activation of a young child’s stress response systems due to repeated, uncontrollable adverse events, which can alter... Read More
Published on July 5, 2016
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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the unexplained sudden death of an infant under the age of one year, affects approximately 1500 infants annually. Its exact cause remains a mystery, but a recent study in Pediatrics has revealed a possible risk factor. Researchers have found... Read More
Published on July 5, 2016
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The topic of poop is a touchy subject for most and sometimes people think it is taboo to talk about. But poop, also called stool, can tell you a great deal about what’s going on with your child’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract, so it’s important to discuss with your child’s... Read More
Published on July 1, 2016
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One family’s health scare leads to new hope for children with brain and spinal cord tumorsErika Kort had just finished dance class when her legs started to feel numb. Thinking she probably just pulled a muscle, the 16-year-old wasn’t concerned until the sensation began spreading... Read More
Published on June 30, 2016
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Nasoalveolar Molding Brings Great Success for Babies With Cleft Lip and Palate In honor of National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month in July, I would like to highlight a special program here at CHLA called the NAM Program, which stands for... Read More
Published on June 29, 2016
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An estimated five million children between the ages of 6 and 19 have hearing loss resulting from either a one-time exposure to a loud sound or continuous exposure to loud sounds for long periods of time. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is irreversible, but also preventable. Read More
Published on June 29, 2016
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During the Super Bowl 2015 a controversial insurance ad played with a young boy telling the viewers about all the things he was not able to do, because he didn’t grow up, because he died in an accident. Social media erupted with people complaining that the ad was a “downer... Read More
Published on June 28, 2016
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Many clinicians don’t feel confident about treating kids with autism and related mental health disorders, which may come as no surprise to parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Up to 70% of children with ASD have a co-occurring mental health disorder such as... Read More
Published on June 27, 2016
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Drop, cover and hold on! These famous steps are known to children and adults alike. To educate children and their parents the importance of earthquake safety and preparedness, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Injury Prevention Program has created a book on the topic to help... Read More

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