All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on September 10, 2014
During the month of August, two publications delved into the decades-old debate questioning exactly how drastically a mother’s activities while pregnant affect her child in the future—specifically in terms of alcohol consumption. We asked Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, director of the... Read More
Published on September 9, 2014
We know that “breast is best” when it comes to passing essential nutrients like hormones, antiviral factors and enzymes from mother to baby. But researchers recently discovered that a growth factor found in breast milk–and absent from formula–may be protective against a... Read More
Published on September 8, 2014
Fifty years ago, childhood cancer was a near-certain death sentence. But thanks to decades of treatment advances, more than 80 percent of childhood cancer patients now become survivors. Stuart E. Siegel, MD, experienced this monumental shift while serving for 37 years as head... Read More
Published on September 5, 2014
The current drought makes California look like fat cells under a microscope! Dried-out land on the left, adipocytes (fat cells) on the right. Image courtesy of Sebastien Bouret, PhD, from The Saban Research Institute. 
Published on September 3, 2014
Tomorrow’s matchup between defending Superbowl Champions—the Seattle Seahawks— and the Green Bay Packers marks the start of another helmet-crushing, yard-rushing, touchdown-celebrating football season. Amidst the excitement of the game, players and trainers must be prepared for... Read More
Published on September 2, 2014
Scientists have linked literally hundreds of mutated genes with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a success rate that could be viewed as both an important first step toward future interventions and an increasingly complex puzzle.Di Tian, MD, PhD, an investigator in the... Read More
Published on August 29, 2014
Like an archipelago in the Pacific, one million isolated clusters of cells pepper the pancreas. Called the Islets of Langerhans, these regions contain a large portion of the body’s endocrine (hormone-producing) cells—including those that regulate diabetes. In this image, the... Read More
Published on August 28, 2014
Kids from Camp H.E.A.L. do! An acronym for “Healthy Environment, Active Living,” Camp H.E.A.L is the newest community-outreach initiative of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Diabetes and Obesity Program and New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Through evidence-based... Read More
Published on August 26, 2014
On August 23-24, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients and doctors from the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases took the field at Dodgers Stadium for ThinkCure! Weekend. The annual two-day event benefits cancer research at CHLA and City of Hope by raising funds... Read More
Published on August 25, 2014
-Pat Levitt, PhD, Simms/Mann Chair in Developmental Neurogenetics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Read about how Dr. Levitt is untangling our brain’s wiring to understand neurodevelopmental disorders in “How We Become What We Become”
Published on August 22, 2014
Explaining the role of ErbB4 regulators in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Patricia Lozano exudes poise and confidence. In front of fellow interns, she reviews the causes of IBD and discusses how understanding the effect of pro-inflammatory cytokines on ErbB4 in intestinal... Read More
Published on August 22, 2014
Dressed in the brown and red leather, chain metal and well-worn boots of Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, Marvel’s  Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt gave Children’s Hospital Los Angeles patients a surprise they couldn’t believe on Wednesday, August 20.Patients were in for a... Read More
Published on August 21, 2014
Fifteen-year-old Eileen Garrido is an accomplished singer, Junior Ambassador for Children’s Hospital, founder of the Beating Hearts Foundation and a long-time patient of CHLA. This past Wednesday, Eileen was CHLA’s honorary guest at Costco Wholesale’s philanthropic event and... Read More
Published on August 19, 2014
(No, it’s not the sun.) Leukemia cell coated with antibody is marked for destruction by activated natural killer cells. Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have shown that a select team of immune-system cells from patients with leukemia can be multiplied in the lab,... Read More
Published on August 18, 2014
Red fibers show growing axons—the part of the nerve cell that sends out signalsSeveral studies have shown that maternal obesity is associated with increased risks for obesity, hypertension and type 2 diabetes in the offspring. There is also growing appreciation that the... Read More
Published on August 15, 2014
Like most doctors, Thomas Coates, MD, tells his patients not to worry. Yet, unlike the gentle encouragement typically offered by clinicians, Coates’ advice is prescriptive.As a pediatric hematologist who treats one of the largest populations of patients with sickle cell disease... Read More
Published on August 15, 2014
When Tania was born at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California she was born with two clubbed feet—her feet were turned inward. At four days old, she made her first visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. When making a decision about where to take Tania, her... Read More
Published on August 13, 2014
Normal microscopic anatomy of the large intestine 
Published on August 11, 2014
David Vetter, publically known as the “bubble boy”. Image courtesy of Science Source. With a physical exam and quick prick of the heel, doctors can detect dozens of serious medical conditions immediately after birth. Severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) is one of the newest... Read More
Published on August 8, 2014
We know that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to detect brain tumors and assess bone diseases, but what about determining stroke risk? John Wood, MD, PhD, is doing just that in kids with sickle cell disease (SCD). “Stroke is one of the major threats to long-term physical... Read More