All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on February 5, 2015
Did you know that children who are obese when they’re diagnosed with leukemia are more likely to relapse after chemotherapy? In fact, there’s a 50% higher chance that the cancer will return in these patients when compared to their lean counterparts.Researchers from Children’s... Read More
Published on February 5, 2015
Dylan, who often makes LEGO gifts for those he becomes close with, made Pau a new LEGO creation   Pau Gasol returned last week to the Staples Center in a Chicago Bulls uniform to take on his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers. But, hours after his plane landed, he made time... Read More
Published on February 2, 2015
As you can see above, crescent-shaped red blood cells have a hard time making their way through the blood vessels of individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD). These roadblocks in cellular travel can cause serious pain, prevent oxygen and nutrients from reaching tissues and... Read More
Published on January 28, 2015
Three-dimensional printing technology can make surgery safer for children with congenital heart disease and reduce the duration, as well as the number of invasive procedures, required. Richard Kim, MD, a cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), recently used a... Read More
Published on January 26, 2015
Accounting for about one quarter of all childhood cancer diagnoses, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is one of the most common malignancies affecting kids under the age of 15. In the past, ALL had a high mortality rate; nearly 80 percent of the children with the disease did... Read More
Published on January 22, 2015
Like the sad tale of an aging superhero, mice are able to regenerate their hearts after birth, but rapidly lose this ability by the time they are one week old. Investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) recently looked into the regenerative mechanisms of this brief... Read More
Published on January 20, 2015
Our motivation to eat can be influenced by any number of sources—a friend’s decadent Instagram post, a new restaurant review that has you drooling, or simply the urge stave off boredom on a Wednesday night. But despite all of these external cues, our biological motivation to... Read More
Published on January 13, 2015
Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have grown functional tissue-engineered intestine from human cells. This regenerative medicine technique brings surgeons one step closer to helping patients with devastating intestinal disorders like short bowel syndrome and... Read More
Published on January 12, 2015
Joshua with his cast. At just 4 years old, Joshua Solis knows his way to the Children’s Orthopaedic Center, notices when kids have casts like he did, and refers to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as “my hospital.” That’s no surprise since he has been treated by Alexandre... Read More
Published on January 11, 2015
“The most important thing that no one can ever take away from you is your knowledge…With the education that we have about our bodies and science and what we can do to empower ourselves, we empower other people."  –Jadaha Park Chatterjee, RN, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Published on January 9, 2015
Maybe you’ve seen Bonner, the big black Newfoundland dog with the soulful eyes, around Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  At 190 pounds, he’s hard to miss!  The biggest therapy dog in the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program, Bonner specializes in helping the physical... Read More
Published on January 8, 2015
Did you guess that the images above depict optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH)? ONH is a congenital condition that occurs when the optic nerve–which sends signals from the eye to the brain–is underdeveloped. In his lab at The Saban Research Institute, Mark Borchert, MD, studies the... Read More
Published on January 7, 2015
The individuals featured in the images above share the same diagnosis; do you know what it is? The answer will appear tomorrow on the ResearCHLA blog.  Image courtesy of Mark Borchert, MD, from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Published on January 5, 2015
In this case, a 3D rendering of a quail embryo helps researchers examine the intricate processes of embryonic development and future indicators of disease. The atlas was made from nondestructive µMRI images (instead of from histological sections), which helps preserve the native... Read More
Published on January 2, 2015
Found in soil and plants throughout the world, Cryptococcus neoformans (C. neoformans) is a common, harmless fungus that we encounter every day. But for people with a weakened immune system, these exposures can be deadly. Above, you can see parts of the C. neoformans plasma... Read More
Published on December 31, 2014
The days leading up to Pasadena's 2015 Rose Bowl football game between the Oregon Ducks and Florida State Seminoles is predictably a time of focus, preparation and tradition. Luckily the kids at Children's Hospital Los Angeles got to be part of that. In the midst of what... Read More
Published on December 29, 2014
We all know the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Unfortunately, this may not be true. Yaling Yang, PhD, from The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, recently discovered that the harsh words of school-age... Read More
Published on December 26, 2014
“I would tell other young women to keep trying, to keep moving forward…A lot of the advances that we have now, in math, in science, in STEM overall, come because somebody put up a barrier and because somebody fought against that barrier.” -Heather Volk, PhD, MPH, from The Saban... Read More
Published on December 24, 2014
From developing a new genetic sequencing test for retinoblastoma to determining the long-term effects of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) made key strides in 2014.   Based on media and website engagement, and in... Read More
Published on December 22, 2014
Image Caption: MR Spectroscopy is generally used to measure concentrations of chemicals in tissue. However, it can also be used to determine the temperature of the tissue by measuring the position of the water signal relative to other chemicals. The water peak moves away from... Read More