All CHLA Blog Posts

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
Published on December 3, 2014
‘Cancer’ is a depleting word to anyone who is experiencing or has experienced those six-letters. It is a life-changing word that can often define a person for worse or better. To 12-year-old Juan Moreno, he chose the latter. The word has defined him as a resilient, determined,... Read More
Published on December 2, 2014
Histological image of medulloblastoma, brown staining reveals tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs). Image courtesy of Shahab Asgharzadeh, MD, as published by Clinical Cancer Research.
Published on December 1, 2014
-Grace Aldrovandi, MD, CM, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Today is World AIDS Day 2014. In order to better treat and prevent this disease, Dr. Aldrovandi is dedicated to studying the pathogenesis, transmission and drug resistance... Read More
Published on November 28, 2014
Recently, The Honest Company, Jessica Alba and Baby 2 Baby teamed up to give 20 deserving patient families from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles the gift of a safe crib and a bag of The Honest Company essentials. Together, with Thomas Keens, MD, pediatric pulmonologist at CHLA,... Read More
Published on November 26, 2014
The images above show exact replicas of a young patient’s heart—ventricular hole and all. Physicians at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles used these 3D-printed models to help plan for the complex surgery. Bruce Hensel from NBC4 explains:
Published on November 24, 2014
After immunofluorescence staining, myelin proteins in the visual cortex shine like a fiery sunset.  Image courtesy of Aaron McGee, PhD, investigator in the Developmental Neuroscience Program at The Saban Research Institute
Published on November 21, 2014
researchchla: Midsagittal (left column) and axial (right column) views of the 3D airway. Courtesy of Yoon-Chul Kim, PhD, The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Snorting, gurgling and gasping for air are far cries from the peaceful sounds of a good night... Read More
Published on November 21, 2014
Dancers from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (DWTS), Val Chmerkovskiy, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber and two contestants, Sadie Robertson from Duck Dynasty and Bethany Mota, a YouTube star, visited Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to join in on a fun... Read More
Published on November 20, 2014
“The earliest influence I had was my father, who was an engineer and who did not care that I was female; he thought it was important for me to understand his work… So I learned that very early on. I learned the equations, the physics and thought it was fascinating. There was... Read More
Published on November 20, 2014
It’s not every day you see your idol sitting in the corner of your room, but for Carlos Contreras this dream became reality when Matt Kemp, outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, made a visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Carlos had spent five weeks in our... Read More
Published on November 19, 2014
The name Sugar Ray might sound sweet, but in the ring, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard was anything but. However, well after his boxing career, Sugar Ray Leonard faces his biggest opponent yet, juvenile diabetes. In support of the Kids N Fitness program at Children’s Hospital... Read More
Published on November 17, 2014
Image courtesy of David Skaggs, MD, Chief of the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at CHLA While most cases of scoliosis are mild, severe cases—like the one above—can completely twist the torso and compress the thoracic cavity. This compression squeezes the lungs and makes it... Read More
Published on November 14, 2014
(L-R): Heather Volk PhD, MPH, from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with Leonardo Trasande, MD, from NYU School of Medicine and Linda Birnbaum, PhD, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences A few weeks ago, we highlighted the recent air pollution and... Read More
Published on November 13, 2014
Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome can be debilitating for kids and teens, but treatment is not ‘one-size fits all.’At some point, virtually every child gets a stomachache. Fortunately, it’s usually short-lived and not cause for concern. But what happens when a child’s... Read More
Published on November 12, 2014
Image courtesy of Lily Chao, MD, from the Division of Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles What do the leaps of a basketball player and the pirouette of a ballerina have in common? Both motions rely heavily on the gastrocnemius (calf) muscle, which allows us to point... Read More