All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on December 19, 2014
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Hosted by actress Patricia Heaton from “The Middle,” our Emmy award-winning television special, Imagine: A Celebration of Hope, featured several of CHLA’s transformative programs through stories of our brave patients and dedicated clinicians and staff members. Below are stories... Read More
Published on December 18, 2014
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That’s gotta hurt!  Occurring right above the elbow joint, supracondylar humerus fractures (as shown above) are a common pediatric injury and account for over half of elbow fractures in kids. But what’s the best way to set and cast these fractures? Researchers from Children’s... Read More
Published on December 16, 2014
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This image is no Rorschach test, but it does offer an inside look at the developing mind. Researchers use this technique, called fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to study the brain in the womb and see how it matures normally—and abnormally. In 2014, a team of... Read More
Published on December 15, 2014
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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects people of all backgrounds, shapes, sizes, cultures and heritages. Different cultural factors can change how individuals experience autism in everyday life, influencing their interactions with family, community, schools and health services.... Read More
Published on December 15, 2014
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It’s easy to get wrapped up in holiday festivities—even easier to overlook common household items that can end up being hazardous to your child. To keep your family’s holiday merry and bright, the Injury Prevention Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles put together these... Read More
Published on December 13, 2014
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“[Technology] is a man’s world, and in most meetings—even today—I’m the only woman around the table and I’m proud of that…they can say what they want, but I’m here to stay.”-Debbie Moreno, Chief Technology Officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, talks about her first... Read More
Published on December 9, 2014
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-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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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‘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
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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
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-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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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“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

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