All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on May 18, 2016
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Last May, Ava Cardoso-Smith, then 14, strode across the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, took the microphone and belted out a rendition of “You Raise Me Up.” Her performance was part of a charity gala benefiting programs for Los Angeles-area foster children, and the... Read More
Published on May 17, 2016
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From the Eat 5 a Day initiative to increase fruit and vegetable consumption to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, many efforts have been made to curb the growing incidence of childhood obesity. But a troubling new study suggests a lot more work needs to be done.... Read More
Published on May 17, 2016
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When I hear the word “hoverboard,” I think of magical devices, sort of like flying carpets that glide through the air. Many of us remember watching the character Marty McFly in “Back to the Future,” and many of us remember wishing we could fly too.   But the... Read More
Published on May 17, 2016
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Recently, a few lucky patients of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles had an exciting day at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. But this wasn’t just any visit; these patients were meeting animals that have similar conditions to theirs. As a preview for what was the... Read More
Published on May 13, 2016
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While human genome studies can lead to medical breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions, the subject of genome research can also aggravate sensitivities. And while the knowledge that some health problems are more prevalent among certain populations has... Read More
Published on May 10, 2016
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Children's Hospital Los Angeles' seventh annual CATCH (Center for Achievement of Teens and Children with Hand Differences) picnic took place on Saturday, April 30th, and was attended by many CHLA patient families. The gathering unites families and children with hand... Read More
Published on May 9, 2016
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From skin rashes and hives to difficulty breathing and more serious reactions, food allergies affect up to six million children in the United States alone. But over the last two decades, researchers have discovered it can also lead to another condition known as eosinophilic... Read More
Published on May 6, 2016
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A daughter comes to CHLA for the same surgery her mother had here more than 35 years before Amelia Green and her family arrived at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles before dawn on Aug. 13, 2014. The adorable 4-year-old was dressed as her favorite TV character, Doc... Read More
Published on May 5, 2016
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“Natural killer" cell (green) attacks a leukemia cell (red). Courtesy of Eleanora Heisterkamp,PhD, Jihane Khalife, and Esteban Fernandez, PhD.Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have shown that a select team of immune-system cells from leukemia patients can be... Read More
Published on May 5, 2016
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Hearing the news that you’re about to have your first-born is an exciting time. You might wonder about what your child will look like, or what you’ll name him or her, but there’s a lot to worry about as well. You hope that your child will be a healthy infant and that your... Read More
Published on May 4, 2016
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“I thought I’d never get the job. However, I applied, was selected and just celebrated 10 years working at CHLA!” The job mentioned above is not a nurse, a doctor or anything one would typically associate with a hospital setting. In fact, it’s another very important role... Read More
Published on May 3, 2016
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Inadequate lung development can lead to a variety of pediatric disorders, especially in babies born prematurely. Understanding what drives proper lung development is important to developing new therapies for children with these disorders, but researching this can be complicated... Read More
Published on April 28, 2016
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Evidence-based research proves they can with early educationA field trip to the local Ralph’s was a first for the Wiz Kids Preschool in Culver City, CA.  Thirty preschoolers between the ages of 3 and 5 were marched down Overland Avenue to shop for healthy food items from the... Read More
Published on April 27, 2016
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Traveling alone or even with another adult can be stressful enough. Adding kids to mix is another story entirely. There are so many things to think about: packing, navigating through the airport, having the right things to keep your kid happy and occupied on a long flight,... Read More
Published on April 27, 2016
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We know that the safety of your child is your most important priority as a parent. Parents spend a lot of energy assuring that their children are cared for when they cannot be with them, but there comes a time when children can be responsible for themselves. The question is... Read More
Published on April 27, 2016
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Written by Stephanie N. Marcy, PhD, licensed psychologist, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles There is growing awareness in the community about the value and importance of including children with special needs, including... Read More
Published on April 25, 2016
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In 2009, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was awarded for the discovery of telomerase, a previously little known protein that plays a key role in preventing damage to chromosomal DNA.“One of the recipients of the Nobel Prize, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, reminded us then that we are all... Read More
Published on April 22, 2016
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The Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend infants receive breast milk or formula exclusively until around 4 to 6 months of age.   The AAP has a great guide detailing the general introduction of solid foods for healthy infants—learn... Read More
Published on April 21, 2016
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Probiotics, bacteria believed to be beneficial for health, are thought to help with various gastrointestinal issues. A recent nationwide study published in the American Journal of Infection Control found it is common for hospitals to prescribe probiotics to patients with a... Read More
Published on April 19, 2016
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Cultured retinoblastoma tumor containing tumor cells (red) and fibroblasts (green).  Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have demonstrated that targeting survivin – a protein that inhibits apoptosis or cell death – enhances the... Read More

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