All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on February 10, 2016
Stickers proclaiming “BPA-free” status are increasingly common on plastic bottles. BPA or Bisphenol A was used at one point to increase the strength of plastic, though was phased out when studies demonstrated the chemical had several significant negative health. Since then, BPS... Read More
Published on February 10, 2016
If you’ve ever had the stomach flu, I’m sure you can relate that it is pretty miserable. In my adult life, I have even ended up in the hospital because I got so dehydrated and weak from a case of the stomach flu and needed IV fluids to help me recover. This winter, Southern... Read More
Published on February 9, 2016
Elysia Weiner, RN, clinic nurse III at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, was nervous to be on her first helicopter ride. She didn’t know what to expect, but luckily, a CHLA transport nurse was kind to explain the process of the flight and Weiner was even taken on a special... Read More
Published on February 9, 2016
Over the past few months, a lot of news coverage has been devoted to outbreaks of Zika virus around the world, including warnings that the virus can and is following some international travelers back into the United States. Some warnings involve pregnant women and the... Read More
Published on February 8, 2016
Leukemia cells (yellow) shown dispersed among fat cells (red) surrounded by supportive cells (blue). Image courtesy of Steven Mittelman, MD, PhD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.An interdisciplinary research team at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles... Read More
Published on February 5, 2016
Throughout football season and leading up to the Super Bowl, an increase in ACL injuries is inevitable. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.A common and often devastating injury in sports – anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury can require surgery to restore knee stability... Read More
Published on February 5, 2016
Blog post by Abigail M. Nimtz, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Inpatient Rehabilitation at Children's Hospital Los Angeles When people suffer from brain injuries, caregivers and loved ones often pay the most attention to the things they see: Can they walk?... Read More
Published on February 4, 2016
Blog post written by Kristin Flynn, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist II, Rehabilitation, Children's Hospital Los Angeles No matter the age or intensity of play, after a sports injury an athlete’s main goal is usually to get back on the field. However, as a parent your main... Read More
Published on February 4, 2016
An RN Remedies blog post by Kasey Rangan, MSN, RN, CPN As a nurse practitioner in our Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, families often ask for advice on how to talk to their children when they are diagnosed with cancer.... Read More
Published on February 3, 2016
Neuroblastoma cells under a microscope labeled with fluorescent molecules. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.Building upon more than two decades of basic research conducted at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Araz Marachelian, MD, of CHLA, and her colleagues at pediatric academic... Read More
Published on February 3, 2016
In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, I decided to write a blog with some helpful and up-to-date advice about keeping your family’s teeth healthy. The benefits of doing this right and starting early will not only mean healthier mouths and teeth, but better... Read More
Published on February 2, 2016
Food allergy or intolerance can cause symptoms ranging from a harmless skin rash to a potentially lethal anaphylactic shock. An estimated 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, many of them children. The prevalence of food allergy is higher among children and is... Read More
Published on January 29, 2016
Sports like skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and sledding are on my boys’ wish list this year. I thought it would a good time to make sure that they are wearing protective eyewear with good polycarbonate lenses. Sunglasses are not just for lounging by the pool or on the... Read More
Published on January 28, 2016
Exposure to anesthesia during labor and delivery results in morphological changes in the developing fetal brain. Photo credit: Bradley Peterson, MD, Institute of the Developing Mind, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.Recently recommended in F1000Prime, which identifies significant... Read More
Published on January 28, 2016
Knowing what’s on the horizon for corporate giving is extremely valuable for companies looking to evaluate existing corporate philanthropy programs or build new ones. We’ve created a list of the top 5 corporate giving trends to anticipate in 2016: 1. Year-round... Read More
Published on January 26, 2016
A recent study demonstrated a link between bariatric surgery and improved mental health outcome, specifically reduced depression among patients after bariatric surgery. To learn more about the relationship between mental health and obesity in children, we spoke to Mari Radzik,... Read More
Published on January 26, 2016
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Self-esteem. We hear those two words a lot. It is paramount to a child’s well-being, but what does it mean and how, as parents, do we foster it? Self-esteem is about liking oneself, knowing you belong and are loved and valued for who you are as a person. Parents play a... Read More
Published on January 26, 2016
We probably all remember our teen years as peppered with a lot of excitement, as well as a lot of angst; times when we felt we had everything under control, and then the next minute our world was collapsing around us, our feelings of self-esteem in our boots. Recent... Read More
Published on January 21, 2016
A genetic variation, or the “s” allele, was associated with thicker cortex in the high risk (top row) but with thinner cortex in the low risk (bottom row) individuals. Image courtesy of Ravi Bansal, PhD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.Building on a 30-year, three-generation... Read More
Published on January 21, 2016
Written by HIlary Tighe, RN resident, CTICU/CV Acute, Children's Hospital Los Angeles It’s 7:20 a.m. and the 49 new graduate nurses of the September 2015 cohort trickle into the seventh-floor classroom. We sit in our “houses”—groups made up of new grads from units other... Read More