All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on December 11, 2015
For the fifth consecutive year, Delta Air Lines invited Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients on a fun-filled trip to the “North Pole.” Delta pilots and flight attendants greeted CHLA patients, siblings and parents at CHLA where the group boarded buses for LAX. Upon... Read More
Published on December 11, 2015
Tips on helping your family from over-eating and staying healthy during the holiday festivities. We all know the holidays are the busiest time of the year, often filled with plenty of holiday treats. Many times we don't make the healthiest decisions during this time.... Read More
Published on December 11, 2015
High school students connect with reproductive justice work Last update, SYPP Center at the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (DAYAM) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles announced our new Hollywood-based community mobilization initiative that is working toward... Read More
Published on December 9, 2015
Taking Concussions seriously Concussions in professional sports players have been prominently featured in the news recently. As a parent of two active boys involved in sports, I always worry about concussion injuries. How a concussion happens Concussions can... Read More
Published on December 8, 2015
Three months since her 18-month-old daughter, Luna, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Maria Bueno is sorting through her old thoughts, still working toward forgiving herself for having them. “Maybe people thought, ‘Why do you want another baby so bad?’ We already had four... Read More
Published on December 7, 2015
Young people independently supporting themselves or receiving little support from their families can benefit from resources provided by the community in spaces that are welcoming and accessible. One example of this is a pop-up resource fair called Dress for Success, made... Read More
Published on December 4, 2015
Newborn brain images show total maternal prenatal iron intake (purple) correlates with tissue organization and development. Image courtesy of Bradley Peterson, MD, The Saban Research Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.In the first study of its kind, researchers have... Read More
Published on December 4, 2015
At just 5 years old, Joshua Solis knows his way to the Children’s Orthopaedic Center, notices when kids have casts like he did, and refers to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as “my hospital.” That’s no surprise, since he’s been treated by the Musculoskeletal Tumor Program at... Read More
Published on December 3, 2015
There are many sweeteners on the market, but are any of them good choices for your kids or family? The truth is that all sweeteners should be used in moderation; no sweetener is actually a healthy choice. Large intake of sugar has been linked to an increased risk of obesity... Read More
Published on December 2, 2015
Dr. Joe Church, shown with patient Cristina Jade Peña in 1994.  Today, at age 31, Cristina is leading “a wonderful and happy life, because of medical advancements, and the lifesaving care and treatment by Dr. Church and his team at CHLA.”Joseph Church, MD, has a thick stack of... Read More
Published on December 1, 2015
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often have difficulty recognizing and interpreting how facial expressions convey various emotions – from joy to puzzlement, sadness to anger.  This can make it difficult for an individual with ASD to successfully navigate social... Read More
Published on November 30, 2015
Jake Olson lives by a simple mantra: “Nothing is impossible.” Those three words are especially fitting for the 18-year-old who graduated high school with a 4.3 GPA, plays college football, aspires to join the PGA Tour, has written a book—and is blind. At just 8 months old,... Read More
Published on November 30, 2015
After a fall from a window left him comatose, a 3-year-old boy begins a remarkable recovery. On April 19 the Cha family would experience the unimaginable. “After the accident, Clayton couldn’t walk, talk or do much,” says Allis, Clayton’s father. Claty, as his... Read More
Published on November 26, 2015
A serious heart defect isn’t stopping Maceo Alvarez from playing his favorite sport—and helping other sick children at the holidays. Maceo Alvarez likes a lot of sports—but nothing compares with his love for football. “He’s like a football addict,” his mother, Monique Esparza... Read More
Published on November 20, 2015
The holidays are a common time for family and friends to gather around the dinner table. Despite the cheer and celebration, it can be a very nerve-wracking time for families who have children with food allergies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports... Read More
Published on November 20, 2015
How to keep motion sickness from ruining your roadtrips “Are we there yet, are we there yet, are we there yet? Oh no Mommy, I don’t feel so good.” These are the words that no one wants to hear on a car trip. Some of my best memories as a child happened during family... Read More
Published on November 20, 2015
“You get to hit the ball,” explains 6-year-old Jonny Maldonado. “And you get to run.” The Bakersfield first-grader is talking about why baseball has become one of his favorite sports (along with soccer and wrestling). Last spring, he played shortstop on his first T-ball team... Read More
Published on November 19, 2015
In hindsight, there were small signs that something was wrong with 5-year-old Kylie Wines; but nothing the average parent would consider out of the ordinary. “We were trying to teach her how to ride a bike,” says her mom, Tasha, and it was proving to be quite a challenge... Read More
Published on November 19, 2015
Birth of a NeuronWhat can the developing brain, specifically the birth of neurons (green), tell us about predisposition to childhood obesity and diabetes? Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, led by Sebastien Bouret, PhD, are investigating how neuron development in... Read More
Published on November 18, 2015
Claudia Borzutzky, MD, adolescent medicine fellowship program director, presented a webinar titled “The Old & the New: Best Contraceptive Practices for Youth” to discuss trends around teenage and young adult pregnancy and the role of medical providers to share the best... Read More