All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on June 8, 2015
Juliette Clark was told she’d never play water polo again. Now, she’s going for her second gold medal. Thirteen-year-old Juliette Clark is spending a lot of long days at the pool lately. But she’s not just soaking up the summer sun—she’s getting ready for the National... Read More
Published on June 8, 2015
For the seventh year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to its prestigious Honor Roll of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. With the release of the 2015-2015 U.S. News Honor Roll, we have been named: No.1-ranked... Read More
Published on June 2, 2015
Facing the bleakest odds, Andreas Reiff, MD, helped launch a new age in the treatment of autoimmune disease.  During his fellowship, Reiff and others at CHLA helped discover the inflammatory signaling pathways of a substance called tumor necrosis factor (TNF); excess levels of... Read More
Published on May 31, 2015
As Mental Health Awareness Month is coming to a close, remember that this “taboo topic” isn’t confined to adults. To learn more about mental health in infants and children, click here.  Read More
Published on May 29, 2015
Teamwork will always get you a lot further than any one individual can achieve. Read More
Published on May 26, 2015
Tiny Heart, Big PromiseThe heart has its own dedicated blood supply, with coronary arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart and cardiac veins that remove the deoxygenated blood. This system of vessels nourishes the heart, enabling it to pump blood to all the other... Read More
Published on May 24, 2015
At the 3rd Light Up the Blues Concert, emcee Jack Black introduced Pat Levitt, PhD, Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Levitt asked the audience, “How many of you have had, at least once in your life, really challenging... Read More
Published on May 20, 2015
A minor cut almost took 11-year-old Jonah’s life. Now, he and his brothers are giving back to CHLA—for a ‘Dreamnight’ at the Los Angeles Zoo. 
Published on May 19, 2015
A recent study—published online in the journal of Cancer Research on April 23—demonstrates that a growth factor called G-CSF, commonly used in high-risk neuroblastoma treatment, leads to increased tumor growth and metastasis by stimulating cancer stem cells in an experimental... Read More
Published on May 19, 2015
Physicians use a growing array of diagnostic imaging equipment, such MR, CT, ultrasound and X-rays.  Due to the massive size of the digital files, remote sharing of these medical images with patients or other clinicians has been very difficult. Patients have had to ask their... Read More
Published on May 19, 2015
Recently, the fourth floor Family Lounge was buzzing with overjoyed moms and Children's Hospital Los Angeles patients. Drew Barrymore, brought along her cosmetic line, FLOWER Beauty, and a team of celebrity make-up and hair stylists to pamper all the mothers who were currently... Read More
Published on May 18, 2015
After certain traumatic events, cooling the body from 98 to 91 degrees Fahrenheit can reduce brain damage and improve survival rates. This treatment, called therapeutic hypothermia, has been routinely studied in adults following cardiac arrest, but it’s never been examined in... Read More
Published on May 15, 2015
Infographic and Q&A with Jamie Wood, MD, director of Clinical Diabetes Programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, to answers the most common questions on diabetes prevention. What can people do more of in their daily lives to prevent diabetes? Jamie Wood, MD:... Read More
Published on May 14, 2015
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common pediatric cancer, and includes two subtypes, B-cell and T-cell, depending upon the type of white blood cell where the leukemia originates. For B-cell ALL, the presence of a small number of remaining leukemia cells, called... Read More
Published on May 14, 2015
  The Center for Fetal and Neonatal Medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is designed to care for mothers and children from the moment an abnormality is detected in a fetus, through pregnancy and delivery and after birth. That is what the center did for Dinusha... Read More
Published on May 13, 2015
Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have made an important step toward finding a target in the fight against drug-resistant neuroblastoma (NBL), the most common solid malignancy found, outside of the skull, in children.  Led by Muller Fabbri, MD, PhD, of the Children’... Read More
Published on May 8, 2015
Resembling a virtual archeological dig, a new technique called deep mucosal imaging (DMI) enables scientists to “sift through” layers of intestinal tissue and focus on the fundamental unit of the adult colon, called the colonic crypt. For the first time, researchers are able to... Read More
Published on May 7, 2015
Mental health. It’s a term we most often associate with adults and balancing high-stress jobs with an enjoyable lifestyle. But what exactly does “mental health” mean for infants and families? We talked to Marian E. Williams, PhD, director of the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family... Read More
Published on May 6, 2015
In March, a generous donation established the Stein Tikun Olam Infant-Family Mental Health Initiative at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, raised the question: what exactly is infant-family mental health? We caught up with Marian E. Williams, PhD, clinical psychologist and... Read More
Published on May 5, 2015
More than 200 guests, including 50 CHLA patient families, attended the Sixth Annual Center for Achievement of Teens and Children with Hand Differences (CATCH) picnic on Saturday, May 2 at the Saban Research Building courtyard. “CATCH is a welcoming community at Children... Read More