All CHLA Blog Posts

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Published on July 20, 2015
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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressively lethal lung disease, with few effective treatment options.  Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have found that a biomarker commonly associated with cell injury called Annexin V may... Read More
Published on July 17, 2015
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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_wM5IS1y6KGekhZQ3NSYmxvZFE/edit?pli=1When colitis flares, there is an inflammatory process that kills both bacteria and colon cells mistakenly identified as pathogenic. The body mounts a counterforce, seeking to repair the intestinal lining.... Read More
Published on July 16, 2015
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CrossFit—you’ve probably seen this word pop up recently,­­ with its fast-growing popularity among athletes or anyone who has shown an interest in working out. The workouts provided in CrossFit are challenging and seem fun, but should you let your young athlete participate?... Read More
Published on July 15, 2015
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Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California found that children with autism spectrum disorder, as well as typically developing children, experience less stress in a sensory-adapted environment than in a regular dental clinic.A trip to... Read More
Published on July 15, 2015
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Say No to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages If you could do one thing that would reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities, diabetes, heart disease and obesity, would you do it? Well, that one thing is easy: stop buying sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, lemonade, sweet... Read More
Published on July 15, 2015
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I grew up in a medical household. My mother is a registered nurse and my father, a medical doctor. During my childhood, I was treated in doctors’ offices and with traditional western medical treatments when I was sick. When I became an adult and was choosing medical care for... Read More
Published on July 13, 2015
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This video is a fly-through of the colon. Much of the lining has been destroyed by a severe bout of colitis. Each frame depicts a progressively deeper layer of the colon with stem cells (shown in red) working to repair the organ.Image: mouse colonVideo credit: Cambrian Liu, PhD... Read More
Published on July 13, 2015
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Written by Roshanak Monzavi, MD, assistant professor and director of Fellowship, Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Diabetes mellitus is a group of conditions in which a person has high glucose (sugar), either because the body... Read More
Published on July 10, 2015
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Retinoblastoma (or RB) is a childhood retinal tumor usually affecting children 1 to 2 years of age. Although rare, it is the most common malignant tumor of the eye in children.A common sign of this cancer is a white glow or glint in the pupil of one or both eyes. Parents may... Read More
Published on July 8, 2015
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Two minutes, Frank Ing, MD, tells a visitor, with all the best intentions. He flashes a pair of fingers as reinforcement. “Two minutes.”Then he’s off on what he might call a mission of eminence, seeing Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through the final moments of a year-long... Read More
Published on July 6, 2015
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