All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on November 17, 2015
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CHLA team members are sharing their pride today after learning that CHLA has been named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission for the care we provide for our asthma patients. The Joint Commission is revered in the health care industry for setting... Read More
Published on November 17, 2015
John Escolero has lots of plans for the future. He wants to be a computer animator. He wants to one day have his own family. And he wants to be independent and have some fun—and freedom. “I didn’t have as much freedom as a kid, so I’d like to have some freedom and fun as an... Read More
Published on November 12, 2015
Like any other aspiring fashion designer, 5-year-old Emily Jarquin knows that the right shoes are an essential part of every outfit. So this past summer, before heading off to her radiation appointments at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, she would slip on an elegant pair of... Read More
Published on November 11, 2015
Alex Idolor is an energetic 10-year-old who has loved sports ever since he could walk. But five years ago, he started feeling uncharacteristically weak. Constantly hungry and extremely tired, Alex began to fall asleep at swim practice and had trouble chasing a soccer ball.... Read More
Published on November 9, 2015
More children are surviving malignant brain tumors than in the past, thanks to intense treatments using platinum-based chemotherapy. Unfortunately, the therapy has a known side effect of permanent hearing loss, resulting from damage to the inner ear. Investigators at Children’s... Read More
Published on November 5, 2015
Co-written by Stephanie N. Marcy, PhD, psychologist and assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles Many people believe that children may not have the emotional depth to become depressed. However, it is estimated that five percent of... Read More
Published on November 3, 2015
With the help of Capital Group, Sam’s Club, Honda, Credit Union for Kids and Bindi Irwin, this year’s Halloween fun for our patients was the biggest by far! Capital Group paved the way for a great day with their generous donation of Halloween costumes, shirts and bibs for... Read More
Published on November 3, 2015
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’s Division of Adolescent & Youth Adult Medicine (DAYAM) provides health care and support services to approximately 7,500 youth between the ages of 12 to 24 each year. About 20% of these youth experience homelessness at some point during their... Read More
Published on November 1, 2015
November is Transgender Awareness Month and there is so much to honor and celebrate about the transgender community. Recently, trans issues and trans figures have been the center of many mainstream conversations, as well as many trans activists, have offered a level of awareness... Read More
Published on October 30, 2015
Decreased lung development often occurs in babies born prematurely. Known as bronchopulmonary dysplasia, the condition is linked to decreased numbers of specialized lung cells known as lipofibroblasts (LIF). Here, researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles demonstrate how... Read More
Published on October 30, 2015
When Vivian Bui was 10 years old, she began to get tired a lot. She also started to lose weight and needed to use the restroom constantly. To get some answers, she went to a place she was familiar with as a native of Los Angeles: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. There she was... Read More
Published on October 29, 2015
On Oct. 9, just before the start of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first playoff game against the New York Mets, a pint-sized figure in a Dodger jersey and cap—and a frilly, powder-blue tutu—strolled onto the field at Dodger Stadium in front of 52,000 cheering fans. The tutu-... Read More
Published on October 28, 2015
Left: Untreated cancer cells. Right: Cells treated with the nanoparticle complex HerMn, which is cytotoxic to tumor cells (disrupting the cytoskeleton and structure of these cells as shown above) while simultaneously enhancing MRI contrast. Image courtesy of Karn Sorasaenee, PhD... Read More
Published on October 28, 2015
Coleman Giles looks and acts like an average 12-year-old kid. “I like to ride my bike, hang out with my friends, ride my trick scooter, play soccer, boxing,” he says. You can’t tell by looking at him that the heart that beats in his chest is not the one he was born... Read More
Published on October 23, 2015
Vania Dzib Delgado had just celebrated her 10th birthday when she noticed something wasn’t quite right. Underweight and growing increasingly exhausted, she was taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where doctors diagnosed her with systemic lupus—an autoimmune disease in... Read More
Published on October 22, 2015
The Internet's 'Pizza Girl' bites back at cancer Hazel Hammersley, a usually bubbly toddler, was clearly in pain. She also had a fever, had stopped eating and was very lethargic. Lauren Hammersley’s motherly instincts told her that something just wasn’t right. “I took... Read More
Published on October 22, 2015
Helping to Protect Your Child From Strangers The world can be a very scary place for a child. Children need to be made aware of what actions are unacceptable from others, and what to do if these situations arise. This is best communicated during a straightforward... Read More
Published on October 15, 2015
Most babies are leaving their mark on mothers, detectable even after birth, in the form of fetal cells left behind after pregnancy. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.A recent study published in Molecular Human Reproduction reports evidence of fetal cells escaping the womb and... Read More
Published on October 14, 2015
Researchers use MRS imaging to study effects of hypothermia for infants with decreased oxygen to the brainCHLA’s team of nurses and medical professionals administer hypothermia treatments to newborns to prevent brain damage caused by an inhibited oxygen supply to the brain.... Read More
Published on October 10, 2015
How natural killer immune cells can fight cancerNatural killer (NK) immune cells can identify infected or potentially cancerous cells in the body and induce cell death. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.Cancer cells present a unique challenge to the immune system in that they are... Read More