All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on July 10, 2015
Retinoblastoma (or RB) is a childhood retinal tumor usually affecting children 1 to 2 years of age. Although rare, it is the most common malignant tumor of the eye in children.A common sign of this cancer is a white glow or glint in the pupil of one or both eyes. Parents may... Read More
Published on July 8, 2015
Two minutes, Frank Ing, MD, tells a visitor, with all the best intentions. He flashes a pair of fingers as reinforcement. “Two minutes.”Then he’s off on what he might call a mission of eminence, seeing Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through the final moments of a year-long... Read More
Published on July 6, 2015
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Published on July 3, 2015
“Often, you have to understand the minute details before you can make sense of the bigger picture,” muses Jon Detterich, MD. This mentality fuels his research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he looks to the smallest component of human life, the cell, to understand the... Read More
Published on July 1, 2015
“With one of the most diverse patient populations in the world and a shared commitment to better outcomes in the future, CHLA is in a position to pioneer research that will help answer the question of why diseases strike particular individuals and use this knowledge in the... Read More
Published on July 1, 2015
Do you live in the San Fernando Valley? Well, you probably already know that we have an outpatient center near you in Encino. But starting today, July 1, we’ll also have our physicians overseeing care in each of the three pediatric and neonatal units at Providence Tarzana... Read More
Published on June 30, 2015
Haven Forner Receives Life-Changing Care From CHLA’s ECMO Program One of the largest of its kind in California, the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has served more than 1,100 critically ill children since the program’s... Read More
Published on June 29, 2015
Many hospitals lack the resources and patient volume to employ a round-the-clock, neonatal intensive care specialist to treat their youngest and sickest patients. Telemedicine—with real-time audio and video communication between a neonatal intensive care specialist and a patient... Read More
Published on June 26, 2015
After 13 years at Columbia University, Bradley S. Peterson, MD, joined CHLA last year as the inaugural director of the Institute for the Developing Mind (IDM) at The Saban Research Institute.In the latest issue of ResearCHLA Magazine, Dr. Peterson discusses how the IDM will... Read More
Published on June 26, 2015
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As a nurse taking care of children and families I see anxiety, worry and fear on a daily basis. Having a sick or injured child is heartbreaking and scary for parents. I have also seen firsthand that the parents’ reactions and ability to cope directly influences how the child... Read More
Published on June 25, 2015
At a nursing conference last year, a speaker addressed the issue of synthetic marijuana because her son had fallen ill by smoking the substance. With cool-sounding names like K2, Spice, Molly, Skunk, Moon Rocks, Yucatan Fire, Genie, Zohai and Purple Wave, synthetic marijuana... Read More
Published on June 24, 2015
Patients don’t fail therapy. But sometimes, therapy fails them.
Published on June 22, 2015
What does brain development have in common with a dance performance?“Both are carefully choreographed,” explains Stefan Bluml, PhD, an investigator at The Saban Research Institute. “I can point to an area of the brain and know exactly where it falls in the program. I can say, ‘... Read More
Published on June 19, 2015
Investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are providing new hope for babies with short bowel syndrome (SBS) by developing a novel model of SBS in zebrafish, described in a paper published online on June 18 by the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver... Read More
Published on June 18, 2015
A thriving Children’s Hospital Los Angeles program builds better dads—and better men. Kevin Haigh admits to being a father-in-progress. “I don’t know what I’m doing, actually,” he says. But he’s trying, having spent the past 18 months attending L.A. Fathers, a support ... Read More
Published on June 17, 2015
To help understand this paper, I had to draw a picture! Feel free to use as a reference.In a finding that furthers our understanding of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles discovered two locations where a single difference in HIV’... Read More
Published on June 17, 2015
If you have ever been confused when hearing these two buzzwords or reading them at a grocery store, you are not alone. Probiotics and prebiotics, though similar in name, are two distinct types of food ingredients that are both beneficial for your child’s health, and complement... Read More
Published on June 15, 2015
I’m a pretty lucky guy…cancer is the worst thing that can happen to a person but I’m glad I got it. Cancer made me who I am today.
Published on June 12, 2015
Rhinos, and seals, and CHLA! Oh, my! That’s not exactly how the iconic quote goes, but it perfectly describes the day that four CHLA patients had at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens recently. In partnership with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, Charlie Pope, ... Read More