All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on May 8, 2015
Resembling a virtual archeological dig, a new technique called deep mucosal imaging (DMI) enables scientists to “sift through” layers of intestinal tissue and focus on the fundamental unit of the adult colon, called the colonic crypt. For the first time, researchers are able to... Read More
Published on May 7, 2015
Mental health. It’s a term we most often associate with adults and balancing high-stress jobs with an enjoyable lifestyle. But what exactly does “mental health” mean for infants and families? We talked to Marian E. Williams, PhD, director of the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family... Read More
Published on May 6, 2015
In March, a generous donation established the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, raised the question: what exactly is infant-family mental health? We caught up with Marian E. Williams, PhD, clinical psychologist and... Read More
Published on May 5, 2015
More than 200 guests, including 50 CHLA patient families, attended the Sixth Annual Center for Achievement of Teens and Children with Hand Differences (CATCH) picnic on Saturday, May 2 at the Saban Research Building courtyard. “CATCH is a welcoming community at Children’s... Read More
Published on May 4, 2015
“Bays of Our Lives” is a series that goes behind the laboratory bench (also called a “bay”) to highlight the individual personalities behind innovative research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Sunhye Lee, PhD, is a new postdoctoral student studying... Read More
Published on May 1, 2015
Long term, these options are still not good enough. When we think about treating children, we need a solution that will last a lifetime
Published on May 1, 2015
Lauren Conrad, a fashion designer, TV personality and blogger, has a deep love for all things arts and crafts. Recently, she decided to share that love with a few of our teen patients in the Teen Lounge at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. With the entire craft store and a... Read More
Published on April 29, 2015
Acupuncture isn’t just for chronic pain—it turns out that this ancient needling technique may also have a role in managing acute pain in the emergency department. Researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles recently examined the effects of acupuncture treatment on pain and... Read More
Published on April 27, 2015
Model of coagulation factor VIII. Credit: ShutterstockChildren with hemophilia A require three to four infusions each week to prevent bleeding episodes, chronic pain and joint damage. The effect on quality of life can be significant, due to time and discomfort associated with... Read More
Published on April 24, 2015
Johanna Olson, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she directs the Center for Transyouth Health and Development. Olson was recently featured on “Bruce Jenner–The Interview” with Diane Sawyer on ABC.Transgender... Read More
Published on April 23, 2015
With the support of his family and the care of an expert doctor from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, a transgender teen embarks on a life-changing transition. Like a lot of teens, high school sophomore Avery Wallace loves sports and music and has begun researching colleges.... Read More
Published on April 23, 2015
Here at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, our Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine that is headed by Marvin Belzer, MD, has been supporting the health of transgender youth for nearly 20 years. Diane Sawyer’s recent interview of B. Jenner on “20/20,” included Johanna... Read More
Published on April 22, 2015
Medulloblastoma (glowing white) in 15-year-old boy. Image contributed to Radiopaedia by Paresh K. Desai, MD.Located in the cerebellum, medulloblastoma is one of the most common cancerous brain tumors in children and can cause behavioral changes, nausea, vomiting and decreases in... Read More
Published on April 21, 2015
The bad news: We’ve mentioned before that a strain of the Escherichia coli bacteria, called E.coli K1, is able to infect the brain and is one of the leading causes of neonatal meningitis. While antibiotics can help fight off this infection, their side effects in newborns, and... Read More
Published on April 17, 2015
Not every patient with hemophilia is going to bleed the same way, and not every patient is going to respond the same way to the treatments we give. Going forward, we hope to use this technology to individualize patient care.
Published on April 17, 2015
 Supporting healthy siblings of children with chronic conditions Written by Stephanie Marcy, PhD, pediatric psychologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Mary Ann Crall, CCLS, CIMI, child life specialist at CHLA You may have noticed this child sitting patiently in the... Read More
Published on April 16, 2015
For the last four years, the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Center (HTC) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has been traveling to Arequipa, Peru to help improve the state of hemophilia care through a World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) project: The Twinning Program. Just recently,... Read More
Published on April 15, 2015
Delving into what she calls “survivor biology,” Barbara Driscoll explores how early childhood ailments can affect future health.Long after the aches and pains disappear, our bodies still remember the impact of illness. Barbara Driscoll, PhD, explores how cells use their first... Read More
Published on April 13, 2015
Immunofluorescence staining of cultured cells from a child’s retinoblastoma tumor. 10x magnification. Image courtesy of Narine Harutyunyan, Jennifer Aparicio, PhD, and Thomas Lee, MD, The CHLA Vision Center LaboratoryAfter surgical removal, retinoblastoma tumors make their way... Read More
Published on April 10, 2015
When SienaGrace Oberhaus was born, Roger De Filippo, MD, chief of the Division of Urology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, was there for the big day. He had been following the baby’s growth for months and wanted to see his tiny patient as soon as possible. SienaGrace had... Read More