All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on November 20, 2014
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It’s not every day you see your idol sitting in the corner of your room, but for Carlos Contreras this dream became reality when Matt Kemp, outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, made a visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Carlos had spent five weeks in our... Read More
Published on November 19, 2014
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The name Sugar Ray might sound sweet, but in the ring, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard was anything but. However, well after his boxing career, Sugar Ray Leonard faces his biggest opponent yet, juvenile diabetes. In support of the Kids N Fitness program at Children’s Hospital... Read More
Published on November 17, 2014
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Image courtesy of David Skaggs, MD, Chief of the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at CHLA While most cases of scoliosis are mild, severe cases—like the one above—can completely twist the torso and compress the thoracic cavity. This compression squeezes the lungs and makes it... Read More
Published on November 14, 2014
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(L-R): Heather Volk PhD, MPH, from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with Leonardo Trasande, MD, from NYU School of Medicine and Linda Birnbaum, PhD, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences A few weeks ago, we highlighted the recent air pollution and... Read More
Published on November 13, 2014
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Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome can be debilitating for kids and teens, but treatment is not ‘one-size fits all.’At some point, virtually every child gets a stomachache. Fortunately, it’s usually short-lived and not cause for concern. But what happens when a child’s... Read More
Published on November 12, 2014
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Image courtesy of Lily Chao, MD, from the Division of Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles What do the leaps of a basketball player and the pirouette of a ballerina have in common? Both motions rely heavily on the gastrocnemius (calf) muscle, which allows us to point... Read More
Published on November 12, 2014
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Last Friday, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients were primped and pampered when Maria Menounos brought her 8th annual Day of Beauty. She also had friends Val Chmerkovskiy from Dancing with the Stars and Audrey Whitby from Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans tag along! Our kids... Read More
Published on November 10, 2014
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Using three-dimensional brain structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Yi Lao, MS, Natasha Lepore, PhD, and colleagues analyzed the structure and neural circuitry of two specific areas of the brain in 17 preterm and 19 term-born babies. Their results were published online in... Read More
Published on November 7, 2014
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Researchers are hoping to achieve long-term remission for newborns infected with HIV with the start of a new NIH-funded clinical trial, as announced earlier this week. An international expert in pediatric HIV infection and transmission, Grace Aldrovandi, MD, CM, Chief of the... Read More
Published on November 7, 2014
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Recently, world-renowned Latin artist, Gerardo Ortiz, came to visit patients and staff of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with gifts in tow. Ortiz and DEL Records generously donated funds and items to support CHLA’s efforts in treating kids better. First stopping by the HOPE... Read More
Published on November 5, 2014
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A walking lane, electrodes, treadmills and cameras are scattered throughout the John C. Wilson Jr. Motion and Sports Analysis Laboratory at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Not your “typical” lab setting, this equipment enables bioengineer Tishya A. L. Wren, PhD, and colleagues... Read More
Published on November 5, 2014
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For most families, October ends in a whirlwind of sugar gluttony. Soon after, November lends us another opportunity for gluttony known as Thanksgiving. To counterbalance our mad dash of festive over indulging, November also happens to be Diabetes Awareness Month. Jamie Wood MD,... Read More
Published on November 4, 2014
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Mark Urata, MD, chief, Division of Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as well as chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, discusses the future of pediatric... Read More
Published on November 3, 2014
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November is American Diabetes Month! To help raise awareness of this complex disease, Mitchell Geffner, MD, division chief of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, answered a few questions about the past, present and... Read More
Published on November 3, 2014
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What a treat for Children's Hospital Los Angeles patients! More than 16,000 Bat-o-Grams were generated by hospital supporters, friends in the community and citizens from Australia, Japan, Sweden (just to name a few) during the month-long initiative held on CHLA.org. To make... Read More
Published on October 31, 2014
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That’s right, carbs. For children and young adults with diabetes, knowing the amount of carbohydrates in foods is just as important—if not more—than the number of calories. Physicians recommend their diabetic patients consume between 45 and 60 grams of carbs per meal, but this... Read More
Published on October 30, 2014
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Evaluation of pediatric patients before and after surgery suggests optimal duration of chemotherapy treatment may vary from current standard of care A study of pediatric patients with hepatoblastoma led by researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) suggests an... Read More
Published on October 29, 2014
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Did you know that nearly 40 percent of children with autism also have gastrointestinal (GI) disorders? These disorders can range from chronic diarrhea to irritable bowel syndrome, but an estimated 80 percent of the co-afflicted children experience severe constipation. Unable to... Read More
Published on October 27, 2014
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-Steven Mittelman, MD, PhD, from The Saban Research Institute on his recent study that found obese youths with leukemia were more likely to have persistent disease. 
Published on October 27, 2014
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It's no surprise that people love dogs. They offer a calming and relaxing experience, which is why the Amerman Family Foundation Dog Therapy Program has made such a big impact on our patients. Therapy dog, Harriet, and owner, Jenna, share with us just how far that impact can go.

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