All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on April 9, 2015
Pointillism artwork can be seen on museum walls and under the microscope. Left: Stem cells stained with DAPI blue, The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los AngelesRight: Study for “The Channel at Gravelines, Evening,” Georges Seurat (1890). Musée de l'Annonciade,... Read More
Published on April 7, 2015
Since 2000, the rate of infants born with an addiction to narcotics or other drugs has tripled in the U.S. Dr. Friedlich and Claire McLean, MD, address this growing issue on First 5 LA:“If substances of abuse exist, pregnant women will use them just like anyone else and my... Read More
Published on April 2, 2015
In a condition as heterogeneous as autism spectrum disorder(ASD), finding a shared root of behavioral and neurological symptoms is often a shot in the dark. But in the mid-2000s, researchers found a genetic mutation in one percent of children with ASD, making it the most common... Read More
Published on March 31, 2015
In the fall of last year, a severe respiratory illness crept across the country, causing a string of infections in children. While most of those affected—even those that were hospitalized—recovered fully, a handful of kids with the enterovirusD68 (EV-D68) infection experienced... Read More
Published on March 30, 2015
Characterizing associations between socioeconomic factors and children’s brain development, a team of investigators from nine universities across the country reports correlative links between family income and brain structure. Relationships between the brain and family income... Read More
Published on March 27, 2015
Caption: Comparative sizes of fetal and adult pacemakers. Credit: Children’s Hospital Los AngelesA team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California have developed the first fully implantable micropacemaker designed for use in a... Read More
Published on March 26, 2015
The reasons for following a vegetarian diet are varied, and may include animal rights, health, cultural or religious beliefs, or even a desire to protect the environment. Whether you’ve always planned to raise your children vegetarian or they decide to change their diets on... Read More
Published on March 25, 2015
Prenatal Exposure to Common Air Pollutants Linked to Cognitive and Behavioral ImpairmentEveryday pollutants in and outside the home can be bad for the environment…and bad for your baby’s brainResearchers at the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles... Read More
Published on March 24, 2015
A love for animals and a fighting spirit help Natalia, 5, cope with cancer.                              Last Halloween, a photo of twin superheroes—a young girl in a metallic pink Supergirl costume and a Labrador retriever dressed as Superdog—became a social media sensation... Read More
Published on March 24, 2015
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles might have its very own illustrated superhero, thanks to 16-year-old patient Victoria Kane.A triple threatTory, as she likes to be called, has been in and out of CHLA since she arrived at the hospital at age 7 as a retinoblastoma survivor for... Read More
Published on March 23, 2015
Teamwork will always get you a lot further than any one individual can achieve.
Published on March 20, 2015
For fourth year medical students across the U.S., today is arguably the most important and emotional day of their academic careers. It’s Match Day—the day when, with the opening of a plain white envelope, a new class of residents will find out where they will live, learn and... Read More
Published on March 18, 2015
Caption: Transgenic mouse model used to target lung mesenchymal cells (green). Credit: Wei Shi, MD, PhD, Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine Research Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles___________________________________________________By uncovering the... Read More
Published on March 17, 2015
While it’s no decades-old tradition like dyeing the Chicago River, fluorescent green dye plays a crucial role in medical research by marking microscopic structures like neurons and stem cells. In honor of St. Patty’s Day, here are a few of our favorite images that will have you... Read More
Published on March 13, 2015
Dr. Robert Adler with child patient at Children's Hospital Los Angeles   An Interview with Robert Adler, MD When pediatricians in Los Angeles are uncertain about the next step in medical care for a child they are treating, they call Robert “Bob” Adler, MD. Adler has been a... Read More
Published on March 12, 2015
As the “bouncers” of blood composition, our kidneys are responsible for making sure crucial nutrients and electrolytes circulate through our body and that waste is filtered out. Unfortunately, when podocytes—the key cells in charge of filtration—deteriorate, renal function is... Read More
Published on March 12, 2015
Dog therapy visits provide comfort and distraction to patients of all ages, but for teens and young adults, sometimes the dog’s most important role is simple companionship. William, a patient of CHLA, was frustrated and lonely during an early hospital visit. He tells us how that... Read More
Published on March 10, 2015
White matter tracts are captured using diffusion tensor imaging.Want more brain fuel? Click here for 7 Things You Need to Know About the Adolescent BrainImage credit: Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, from The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Published on March 6, 2015
I was blown away by the idea that you could start out with a few cells and create us. How do you start simple and make something so complex? How does that work?
Published on March 4, 2015
With an average of 26 years of our lives spent in a drooling, dreaming slumber, it’s no wonder we dedicate almost as much time to understanding those crucial Zzz’s. Because of this interest, research in sleep medicine—especially in pediatric sleep medicine—has made crucial... Read More