All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on October 10, 2015
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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
Published on October 9, 2015
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A blood clot is when blood changes from a liquid to a solid. Blood clots are good because they help your body stop bleeding. But they can form when you don’t need them in veins or arteries. You can have a blood clot in your arteries or veins in places like your arms, legs, eyes... Read More
Published on October 9, 2015
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We all know that we should be prepared in the event of a disaster, but are we really? Most of us in Southern California keep extra bottles of water in our homes, a collection of dusty canned food (hopefully with a manual can opener), flashlights, a radio, and a first aid kid... Read More
Published on October 9, 2015
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Two-year-old Gabriel Lopez had been hospitalized for more than a year, hooked up to a 200-pound machine. Then, on Christmas Eve, he got the gift of a lifetime. Monica Horn, RN, CCRN, CCTC, was tired. That wasn’t surprising, considering it was the middle of the night, and Horn... Read More
Published on October 8, 2015
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At 5 years old, Grace Bumstead already knows how to command a room; she’s spunky, fun and ambitious. So much so that people who meet her now might never guess that she is currently fighting a scary thing called cancer, and has already gone through months of intense treatment.... Read More
Published on October 7, 2015
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Tissue-engineered colon generated from cells from a patient with Hirschsprung’s disease. Nerve cells shown in green. Image courtesy of Grikscheit Laboratory, The Saban Research Institute, CHLA.A study by scientists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has shown that tissue-... Read More
Published on October 7, 2015
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This blog post is the second of a two-part series meant to provide basic education and resources regarding blenderized tube feeding (BTF). In the first part, we discussed the general concept and considerations of BTF. In this second part we will present food safety,... Read More
Published on October 5, 2015
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Neural dysfunction in cognitive control circuits during adolescence could be predictor of psychotic disordersThose at clinically high risk (CHR) for psychotic disorders on average had lower levels of conflict-related brain activity compared to healthy controls (HC). VS = ventral... Read More
Published on October 5, 2015
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We’ve all had dreams of what we wanted to be when we grow up. Those dreams often change; One day, it’s an astronaut, the next a veterinarian. These choices vary because the future seems so distant and the possibilities are endless. But what if your choice changed based on a... Read More
Published on October 1, 2015
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In a new study published in the journal Pediatric Emergency Care, investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles piloted a brief mental health screening tool to be used with patients accessing the emergency department for medical complaints who might be at risk... Read More
Published on October 1, 2015
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A blog post by Maria Sipin Two physicians in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine were recognized as Top Doctors in 2015. Claudia Borzutzky, MD, is the director of CHLA’s Adolescent Medicine Fellowship Program and the medical director of CHLA’s Empower Weight... Read More
Published on September 30, 2015
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Awarded $8 Million as Part of Landmark NIH Study to Find the AnswerAs part of a landmark study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain called the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, Children’s... Read More
Published on September 29, 2015
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  A blog post by Mia Humphreys Over the past year, the SYPP Center, a capacity building program within the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, in collaboration with Youth Policy Institute, has been facilitating a community mobilization project in... Read More
Published on September 28, 2015
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The gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which includes the stomach and intestines, is controlled by the enteric nervous system (ENS), which functions almost like a “second brain” controlling the movement of food throughout the tract and its digestion. The ENS is embedded within the GI... Read More
Published on September 25, 2015
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Investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have found that a common therapeutic target for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may actually protect against intestinal inflammation or colitis by inhibiting pathogenic T immune cells. This discovery, reported in... Read More
Published on September 23, 2015
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Kylee Postel is 12 years old and one of the biggest advocates for mitochondrial disease. She’s been battling the disease since she was born and has undergone over 30 surgeries at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. For the past several years, she and her family have developed the... Read More
Published on September 23, 2015
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It was that time of year again when thousands of people dived into the ocean at Zuma Beach, biked in record high heat and ran to the finish line in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox—all for raising funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Research Program... Read More
Published on September 21, 2015
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A blog post by Maria Sipin We’re Still Here shares the untold stories of the first generation of children who were born with HIV in the 80’s and 90’s. Grissel Granados, the director, is also at the center of the film as she connects with other young people who were born with... Read More
Published on September 19, 2015
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Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have received an $8.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research to improve HIV care and prevention in a study focusing on Black, Latino and multiracial gay and bisexual young men – a group at the... Read More
Published on September 18, 2015
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This blog post is the first of a two-part series meant to provide basic education and resources regarding blenderized tube feeding (BTF). In this first post, we will discuss the general concept and considerations of BTF. The second part will present ingredients and a sample... Read More

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