All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on June 24, 2016
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How kids’ intuitive use of technology advances care at Children’s Hospital Los AngelesSometimes it seems like today’s kids were born with a cell phone in hand, intuitively searching the Web and sharing selfies on Instagram. These “digital natives” have been immersed in... Read More
Published on June 24, 2016
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* This is the second of a two-part series on how to talk to children about LGBT issues. The previous article focused on how to discuss the gender and sexuality of other people with your children. Talking to your child about gender identity and sexual orientation can feel... Read More
Published on June 22, 2016
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Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have identified a new genetic candidate for testing therapies that might affect fear learning in people with PTSD or other conditions. Results of the study have been published in the Journal of... Read More
Published on June 21, 2016
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Neurons in the hypothalamus develop abnormally in Prader-Willi Syndrome A study published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics by researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) provides novel insights into the brain mechanisms underlying the... Read More
Published on June 17, 2016
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Bench to Bassinet research into congenital heart disease at CHLACardiothoracic surgeon Richard Kim, MD, is interested in doing more than basic research alone. “I want to do research that has a real impact on our patients,” he says, “with results that I can see in my lifetime.”... Read More
Published on June 16, 2016
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Oh the joys of adulthood, the to-do list never ends! But wait, isn’t a joy getting to decide which foods we buy and ultimately get to eat? Gone are the days of asking or begging someone to buy you a special something—no, you are now in control. With grocery shopping though,... Read More
Published on June 15, 2016
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Tracy C. Grikscheit, MD, pediatric surgeon and principal investigator at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, treats a large number of young patients who require surgery for various intestinal diseases.  Since the intestinal microbiome is an important... Read More
Published on June 14, 2016
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Pediatric residents prepare for the next big earthquakeWhile experts agree that the West Coast is due for a sizable earthquake, there is little consensus as to when such an event may hit. Therefore, preparation will be a key component to survival and good outcomes for major... Read More
Published on June 14, 2016
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People with food allergies must avoid their allergens (the foods that trigger the immune reaction), and their diets must be restricted to safe foods. Restricted diets aren’t easy on children. Younger children may feel frustrated when they can’t share the same food as... Read More
Published on June 13, 2016
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A prosthetic leg can’t keep the exuberant 4-year-old from dancing, bike-riding, or hiding from her mother when they’re out shopping. Don’t believe what Fiona Ashe may tell you. Her parents did not purchase her at Target, though after hearing that claim enough times, her... Read More
Published on June 13, 2016
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World Blood Donor Day is a day to acknowledge the individuals who have sacrificed their time to donate blood, and encourage others to do the same. Blood is an essential part of the body that is often overlooked and underappreciated. That is, unless you have an illness such as... Read More
Published on June 13, 2016
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As a registered dietitian, and more importantly as a mom, I absolutely couldn’t wait for the moment I was able to start feeding my child solid food. This was a moment of great uncertainty, not only for our child, but for us as parents. I wondered what food was best to start... Read More
Published on June 8, 2016
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Screening of thousands of children in California suggests which mutations are disease-causing and which are benignWhen it comes to cystic fibrosis (CF), more than 2,000 different genetic mutations have been reported.  However, only 200 of them have been categorized – leaving a... Read More
Published on June 7, 2016
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Careers in Health and Mentorship Program (CHAMP) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles has partnered with Bank of America to be the bridge towards healthcare careers for college students that are searching, curious and ambitious. The program gives young adults who come from... Read More
Published on June 3, 2016
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Optimizing Adult Treatments for Pediatric Patients with Glaucoma and Cataracts “My goal is to decrease childhood blindness by treating pediatric eye disease in an innovative way,” says Bibiana Jin Reiser, MD, MS, director of the Cornea and Glaucoma Institute at The Vision Center... Read More
Published on June 1, 2016
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Project NATEEN gives teens the courage and resources to believe in the future. When Stephanie Williams started her classes at Second Chance High School at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, she was a scared 19-year-old mom. She had been out of school for more than a year... Read More
Published on May 30, 2016
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles awarded two summer fellowships through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for pediatric cancer researchIn 2013, less than 4 percent of research funding from the National Cancer Institute went to research for pediatric cancers, the leading cause of... Read More
Published on May 27, 2016
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CHLA Physician Todd Chang is using serious gaming as a tool to train young doctors Activity in the emergency department (ED) in a pediatric hospital is fast-paced, and the most precious resource is time. With more than 80,000 patients to attend to every year for trauma, rare... Read More
Published on May 25, 2016
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The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awards grant to CHLA researcher for CRISPR/Cas9 project to treat genetic diabetesOften touted as one of the most revolutionary biomedical technologies of the modern age, the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system has already led to new... Read More
Published on May 19, 2016
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Carotid artery thickness is fueled by androgen hormones in cases of classical adrenal hyperplasia according to a new research study out of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. This finding has significant implications for preventing cardiovascular disease in young adults. Youth with... Read More

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