All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on April 19, 2016
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
Published on April 15, 2016
This spring marked the launch of the inaugural Make March Matter campaign to rally businesses across Los Angeles in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and to bring focus to the health care needs of children. Make March Matter officially launched with a kickoff pizza... Read More
Published on April 13, 2016
A staple of pediatric  healthcare, antibiotics are the most prescribed medication for children. However, the long-term effects of these medications remain relatively unknown. Last month, two studies looked into the links between antibiotic use and childhood obesity, finding... Read More
Published on April 11, 2016
Not many people can say they haven’t missed a single day of work for an entire year, but the furry volunteers of the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles can!  This incredible milestone was met on April 11. That’s 365... Read More
Published on April 8, 2016
Shedding epithelial cells in the intestine. Image courtesy of Mark R. Frey, PhD, The Saban Research Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.The lining of the intestine is the most rapidly-renewing tissue in the body. Routine shedding of epithelial cells from this lining is a... Read More
Published on April 8, 2016
Written by Stephanie N. Marcy, PhD, licensed psycologist, assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Children’s birthday parties can be overwhelming for any child. With the combination of high expectations, sugary treats and... Read More
Published on April 7, 2016
You might say that 13-year-old Erika Daniels has a serious case of puppy love. “I looove dogs,” she gushes. Of course, her favorite four-legged friend is her own dog, an adorable cocker spaniel named Patches. But the La Verne eighth grader also has a special place in... Read More
Published on April 6, 2016
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to Initiate Clinical Trial for Kids with Treatment-Resistant LeukemiaResearchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles will be testing a new therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia using specially engineered T-cells isolated from patients that can... Read More
Published on April 4, 2016
In a new editorial published in JAMA Pediatrics, Johanna Olson-Kennedy, MD, medical director of The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles discusses disparities in mental health in young transgender populations. A recent study, also... Read More
Published on March 31, 2016
Here we see the development of the brain-pancreas axis during gestation. According to a new study out of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the hormone leptin alters neuronal growth between the brain and pancreas during embryonic development, which may play a role in the onset... Read More
Published on March 31, 2016
From The Developing Mind Newsletter, Winter 2016 Written by Larry Yin, MD, medical director of The Boone Fetter Clinic at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Most children feel a little anxious about seeing a doctor. Some fear even temporary... Read More
Published on March 31, 2016
Choosing a formula can be a daunting task when breast milk is not an option. With numerous brands and types of formula, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Here is a primer on what you’ll you need to know when you’re faced with choosing the right formula for... Read More
Published on March 29, 2016
Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a condition where the areas of the skin are inflamed, resulting in symptoms ranging from redness to severe rashes and blisters. The specific causes of eczema remain unknown, though the condition has been linked to other conditions ranging from... Read More
Published on March 28, 2016
* This is the first of a two-part series on how to talk to children about LGBT issues. The next article will focus on how to discuss gender and sexuality with your children if they come out to you as LGBT or questioning. Kids often ask their parents questions that they... Read More
Published on March 28, 2016
Barbara Korsch, MD, front row (right), early in her medical training. Courtesy of Medical Center Archives of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell. Honoring CHLA physician Barbara Korsch, MD, a pioneering researcher in the field of doctor-patient communication Doctors... Read More
Published on March 24, 2016
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Awarded $7.1 Million by CIRM to develop new cellular therapy to treat digestive nerve disordersHirschsprung’s disease, where crucial nerve cells are absent in parts of the gastrointestinal tract resulting in the inability to properly push food... Read More
Published on March 23, 2016
The scientific and healthcare communities have become increasingly aware of the profound impact that early life events have on the lifelong health and well-being of children and the adults they will become. Read More
Published on March 22, 2016
A new study out of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has found excessive fat in legs of children with a severe form of spina bifida suggests increased risk for metabolic disordersRepresentative quantified computed tomography (CT) slices showing excess adipose or fatty tissues (... Read More
Published on March 18, 2016
Despite Increases in Screening, Study Finds Only 44 Percent of Pediatricians Inquire about Maternal DepressionMaternal depression affects up to 40 percent of mothers with young children and can have many negative effects on the infant and developing child including feeding... Read More
Published on March 16, 2016
We are living through a revolution in biology that is giving us a deeper, sharper understanding about how early experience effects development of the brain. Read More