All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on July 3, 2015
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“Often, you have to understand the minute details before you can make sense of the bigger picture,” muses Jon Detterich, MD. This mentality fuels his research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he looks to the smallest component of human life, the cell, to understand the... Read More
Published on July 1, 2015
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“With one of the most diverse patient populations in the world and a shared commitment to better outcomes in the future, CHLA is in a position to pioneer research that will help answer the question of why diseases strike particular individuals and use this knowledge in the... Read More
Published on June 30, 2015
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Haven Forner Receives Life-Changing Care From CHLA’s ECMO Program One of the largest of its kind in California, the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has served more than 1,100 critically ill children since the... Read More
Published on June 29, 2015
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Many hospitals lack the resources and patient volume to employ a round-the-clock, neonatal intensive care specialist to treat their youngest and sickest patients. Telemedicine—with real-time audio and video communication between a neonatal intensive care specialist and a patient... Read More
Published on June 26, 2015
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After 13 years at Columbia University, Bradley S. Peterson, MD, joined CHLA last year as the inaugural director of the Institute for the Developing Mind (IDM) at The Saban Research Institute.In the latest issue of ResearCHLA Magazine, Dr. Peterson discusses how the IDM will... Read More
Published on June 26, 2015
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As a nurse taking care of children and families I see anxiety, worry and fear on a daily basis. Having a sick or injured child is heartbreaking and scary for parents. I have also seen firsthand that the parents’ reactions and ability to cope directly influences how the child... Read More
Published on June 25, 2015
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At a nursing conference last year, a speaker addressed the issue of synthetic marijuana because her son had fallen ill by smoking the substance. With cool-sounding names like K2, Spice, Molly, Skunk, Moon Rocks, Yucatan Fire, Genie, Zohai and Purple Wave, synthetic marijuana... Read More
Published on June 24, 2015
Patients don’t fail therapy. But sometimes, therapy fails them. Read More
Published on June 22, 2015
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What does brain development have in common with a dance performance?“Both are carefully choreographed,” explains Stefan Bluml, PhD, an investigator at The Saban Research Institute. “I can point to an area of the brain and know exactly where it falls in the program. I can say, ‘... Read More
Published on June 19, 2015
Investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are providing new hope for babies with short bowel syndrome (SBS) by developing a novel model of SBS in zebrafish, described in a paper published online on June 18 by the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver... Read More
Published on June 18, 2015
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Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have demonstrated that adolescents and young adults with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) have significantly increased amounts of abdominal fat tissue, placing them at greater risk for harmful conditions linked to obesity,... Read More
Published on June 18, 2015
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A thriving Children’s Hospital Los Angeles program builds better dads—and better men. Kevin Haigh admits to being a father-in-progress. “I don’t know what I’m doing, actually,” he says. But he’s trying, having spent the past 18 months attending L.A.... Read More
Published on June 17, 2015
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To help understand this paper, I had to draw a picture! Feel free to use as a reference.In a finding that furthers our understanding of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), researchers from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles discovered two locations where a single difference in HIV’... Read More
Published on June 17, 2015
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If you have ever been confused when hearing these two buzzwords or reading them at a grocery store, you are not alone. Probiotics and prebiotics, though similar in name, are two distinct types of food ingredients that are both beneficial for your child’s health, and... Read More
Published on June 15, 2015
I’m a pretty lucky guy…cancer is the worst thing that can happen to a person but I’m glad I got it. Cancer made me who I am today. Read More
Published on June 12, 2015
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Rhinos, and seals, and CHLA! Oh, my! That’s not exactly how the iconic quote goes, but it perfectly describes the day that four CHLA patients had at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens recently. In partnership with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, Charlie... Read More
Published on June 10, 2015
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If you heard some commotion on our fourth floor in the Anderson Pavilion, it was likely due to the squeals and giggles from patients who took part in the dance and movement therapy session. CHLA patient Ella with Rumer Willis It was a full house when ABC’s Dancing with... Read More
Published on June 10, 2015
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Clean eating has been making its way through social media, nutrition blogs, magazines and books. But what is it really, and is it a diet? The name "clean eating" has been around since the mid-90s, and the concept is actually something registered dietitians have been... Read More
Published on June 8, 2015
Too many babies were dying. We just didn’t have enough answers. Read More
Published on June 8, 2015
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Dog therapy happens all day and into the evening at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, as the four-legged volunteers of the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program do their rounds right up until visiting hours end at 9PM. One frequent night-visitor is therapy dog Luna, a... Read More

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