All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on January 7, 2015
The individuals featured in the images above share the same diagnosis; do you know what it is? The answer will appear tomorrow on the ResearCHLA blog.  Image courtesy of Mark Borchert, MD, from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Published on January 5, 2015
In this case, a 3D rendering of a quail embryo helps researchers examine the intricate processes of embryonic development and future indicators of disease. The atlas was made from nondestructive µMRI images (instead of from histological sections), which helps preserve the native... Read More
Published on January 2, 2015
Found in soil and plants throughout the world, Cryptococcus neoformans (C. neoformans) is a common, harmless fungus that we encounter every day. But for people with a weakened immune system, these exposures can be deadly. Above, you can see parts of the C. neoformans plasma... Read More
Published on December 31, 2014
The days leading up to Pasadena's 2015 Rose Bowl football game between the Oregon Ducks and Florida State Seminoles is predictably a time of focus, preparation and tradition. Luckily the kids at Children's Hospital Los Angeles got to be part of that. In the midst of what... Read More
Published on December 29, 2014
We all know the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Unfortunately, this may not be true. Yaling Yang, PhD, from The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, recently discovered that the harsh words of school-age... Read More
Published on December 26, 2014
“I would tell other young women to keep trying, to keep moving forward…A lot of the advances that we have now, in math, in science, in STEM overall, come because somebody put up a barrier and because somebody fought against that barrier.” -Heather Volk, PhD, MPH, from The Saban... Read More
Published on December 24, 2014
From developing a new genetic sequencing test for retinoblastoma to determining the long-term effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) made key strides in 2014.   Based on media and website engagement, and in... Read More
Published on December 22, 2014
Image Caption: MR Spectroscopy is generally used to measure concentrations of chemicals in tissue. However, it can also be used to determine the temperature of the tissue by measuring the position of the water signal relative to other chemicals. The water peak moves away from... Read More
Published on December 19, 2014
Hosted by actress Patricia Heaton from “The Middle,” our Emmy award-winning television special, Imagine: A Celebration of Hope, featured several of CHLA’s transformative programs through stories of our brave patients and dedicated clinicians and staff members. Below are stories... Read More
Published on December 18, 2014
That’s gotta hurt!  Occurring right above the elbow joint, supracondylar humerus fractures (as shown above) are a common pediatric injury and account for over half of elbow fractures in kids. But what’s the best way to set and cast these fractures? Researchers from Children’s... Read More
Published on December 16, 2014
This image is no Rorschach test, but it does offer an inside look at the developing mind. Researchers use this technique, called fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to study the brain in the womb and see how it matures normally—and abnormally. In 2014, a team of... Read More
Published on December 15, 2014
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects people of all backgrounds, shapes, sizes, cultures and heritages. Different cultural factors can change how individuals experience autism in everyday life, influencing their interactions with family, community, schools and health services.... Read More
Published on December 15, 2014
It’s easy to get wrapped up in holiday festivities—even easier to overlook common household items that can end up being hazardous to your child. To keep your family’s holiday merry and bright, the Injury Prevention Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles put together these... Read More
Published on December 13, 2014
“[Technology] is a man’s world, and in most meetings—even today—I’m the only woman around the table and I’m proud of that…they can say what they want, but I’m here to stay.”-Debbie Moreno, Chief Technology Officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, talks about her first... Read More
Published on December 11, 2014
Bacterial Invaders (Check out the full-size GIF here) While Escherichia coli (E. coli) is an essential inhabitant of a healthy gut, certain strains of this bacterium can wreak havoc on the body. You’re most likely familiar with E. coli O157:H7, which can cause serious food... Read More
Published on December 9, 2014
-Pat Levitt, PhD, Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles In the newest episode of Nature’s Neuropsychopharmacology BRAINPOD podcast, Levitt discusses the how the perceived relationship between neurodevelopmental disorders and adult... Read More
Published on December 8, 2014
The Lythgoe Family Productions and the Cuñado family has once again helped Children’s Hospital Los Angeles kick off the holiday season at the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year, we were joined by Heidi Klum, NCIS’ Barrett Foa, Castle's Stana Katic, cast of Sleeping Beauty... Read More
Published on December 5, 2014
By absorbing light energy and delivering nutrients like glucose and retinol to the eye’s rods and cones, the retinal epithelium plays a crucial role in how we see. In the image above, you can see the nuclei of the epithelial cells in blue and a handful of actively-dividing cells... Read More
Published on December 5, 2014
In earlier blogs I wrote about the care of Gastrostomy tubes for the tube-fed child and then collaborated with a colleague to address the issue of tummy time and how important it is to the growing baby. I am again teaming up with this colleague, Janae Grimshaw, an Occupational... Read More
Published on December 5, 2014
Through the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program, each year we get more than 60 volunteers to bring in their trained and registered therapy dogs. They have become a unique group of volunteers that warms the hearts of CHLA's patients and families. These dog volunteers... Read More