All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on August 25, 2015
Seeing the arm ripped off of one’s favorite SpongeBob SquarePants plush pillow can be heartbreaking for a child. But rather than grieve its loss, a young Michael Quintero got out his mother’s sewing kit and slowly stitched SpongeBob back together. While too young to truly... Read More
Published on August 21, 2015
Like the beautiful corals that line sea reefs (right), lung epithelial cells (left) line the many branches of airways in your lungs through which air is collected and distributed to incoming red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the rest of the body.Researchers at CHLA are... Read More
Published on August 20, 2015
In a word? Data.Left: The Great Library of Alexandria, O. Von Corven, 1st Century, Public DomainRight: Big Data Image, Courtesy of Shutterstock “The library of Alexandria was a great data repository,” began Randall Wetzel, MD, during a presentation at Children’s... Read More
Published on August 17, 2015
Researchers demonstrate better outcomes using immune therapy drug called alemtuzumab in transplant patients with non-malignant genetic diseases of blood cellsComputer modeling of the monoclonal antibody alemtuzumab, which CHLA researchers have shown helps reduce graft rejections... Read More
Published on August 14, 2015
Special-needs children and adults are at an increased risk for entering into dangerous situations. They often struggle with the ability to sense danger, and therefore may be prone to literally walking into dangerous situations. I recently read this unsettling quote: “According... Read More
Published on August 10, 2015
Functional MRI of brain activity during a spatial N-back task.Ever wonder how the brain figures out what we need to learn? What we need to remember? What we can forget? A clue lies in understanding what’s called “working memory”, which holds information temporarily and processes... Read More
Published on August 7, 2015
When life gives you lemons, make some lemonade.Alexandra “Alex” Scott gave new meaning to the saying when, at the age of four, she began selling lemonade to fund pediatric cancer research. She had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer of the sympathetic nervous... Read More
Published on August 6, 2015
Who doesn’t love summer camp? And who doesn’t want to lead a healthy lifestyle?  That’s what the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Diabetes and Obesity Program team thought when they partnered with UCLA UniCamp, a student-led charitable organization aimed at helping underserved... Read More
Published on August 6, 2015
We have all heard about “the terrible twos”—tantrums, pouting and those incessant questions. What magically changes on that third birthday to get them out of that “terrible” age? Absolutely nothing. They don’t change their attitude just because they are a year older, and if... Read More
Published on August 5, 2015
Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, led by principal investigator and acting division head of Neurology Wendy Mitchell, MD, have been at the forefront of studying treatment and outcome Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Syndrome or OMS (also known as the “dancing eyes” syndrome or... Read More
Published on August 4, 2015
Pasadena Magazine just gave everyone at CHLA an opportunity to show our appreciation to the experts that we work with each day within our walls. The July/August issue of Pasadena Magazine has been released on newsstands across Los Angeles and 85 physicians with privileges to... Read More
Published on August 3, 2015
How should we approach and study Johanson-Blizzard Syndrome?Though incredibly rare, Johanson-Blizzard Syndrome (JBS) requires intervention from multiple medical fields. Complications this syndrome presents in many areas of the body can necessitate treatment over the course of... Read More
Published on July 31, 2015
In a recent article in the New York Times, being “fat” is reported to be the most common reason children are bullied.As obesity rates have risen, much emphasis has been placed on taking personal responsibility for body weight and changing behaviors. There is a perception that... Read More
Published on July 29, 2015
Difference aids in childbearing, but likely imparts a greater susceptibility for scoliosis and osteoporosis in females Looking at measurements of the vertebrae – the series of small bones that make up the spinal column – in newborn children, investigators at Children’s... Read More
Published on July 29, 2015
Some of my favorite childhood memories were when my parents loaded up the family truck, packed the camping stuff, hitched the Jet Skis and off we went to the bay! Naturally, as a father of two wonderful boys, I wanted them to experience the same feeling that comes with the... Read More
Published on July 29, 2015
I live north of Los Angeles in Santa Clarita Valley. This area still requires homeowners to have 20 feet of greenery from the curb to your house. So in keeping up with city codes, I try to keep a lush, thick lawn, which is also an ideal natural playground for my dog, Sadie,... Read More
Published on July 29, 2015
Rare summer thunderstorms and rain delays didn’t keep eight teams from competing at the 21st Annual Chad Volleyball Tournament in Hermosa Beach on Saturday, July 18. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Heart Institute and the Chad Foundation... Read More
Published on July 27, 2015
According to a recent article in The New York Times, a study published in the journal Circulation found that consumption of sugary drinks results in some 184,000 deaths worldwide each year. The study’s researchers further estimate that sweetened drinks cause 133,000 deaths from... Read More
Published on July 24, 2015
Researchers in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have shown greatly improved outcomes in using stem cell transplantation to treat patients with a serious but very rare form of chronic blood cancer... Read More
Published on July 22, 2015
Johanna Olson, MD, and her colleagues at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, provide care for the largest number of transyouth in the U.S. and have enrolled 101 patients in a study to determine the safety and efficacy of treatment that helps patients bring their bodies into closer... Read More