All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on November 7, 2017
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By Katie Sweeney Have you ever found yourself thinking about someone who made a significant impact on your life? And have you wished that you could tell that person just how grateful you are? Fourteen-year-old Sydney has had those thoughts many times over the years—... Read More
Published on November 1, 2017
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This has been the biggest Halloween celebration at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles yet! With our corporate partners and supporters, we were able to continue the costume distribution by Capital Group, card distribution by Service Titan and the Pumpkin Party! The... Read More
Published on October 27, 2017
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In South Pasadena, patients with neuromuscular disease come together over baseball. By Matt Villano Everybody who knows 6-year-old Andrew Escamilla always expected he would play professional baseball someday. His father, a diehard Dodgers fan, took the boy to see... Read More
Published on October 16, 2017
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Besides treating children with cancer, our Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treats kids who have a genetic hematological disorder. This blog is about one type of hematological disorder called sickle cell disease (SCD... Read More
Published on October 11, 2017
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Do you remember your first bike? I do. It was purple, had a flowered banana seat, purple and white fringes coming off of the handlebars and, of course, training wheels. I loved that bike and remember riding it all over the neighborhood—falls and all.  Children’s... Read More
Published on October 3, 2017
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“Five fingers, five toes! Five fingers, five toes!” the doctor called out as he delivered little Julie Rose Osumi-Cabaya via C-section. “No cord around her neck; that’s great!” Then he casually added one more observation: “Cleft lip, cleft palate—no problem.” Julie’s... Read More
Published on September 8, 2017
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An RN Remedies blog post by Kasey Rangan, MSN, RN, CPN It is estimated that close to 1.7 million people will be newly diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Cancer is currently the second leading cause of death. Based on these two facts, there is a good chance... Read More
Published on September 8, 2017
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Written by Kristin Cooley, PT, MPT, CBIS; Lauren Dunn, PT, DPT; Kimberly Kaloustian, PT, MPT, CBIST; Jodi Kurland, PT, CBIS  We are the Ekso GT-trained and certified physical therapists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. We have all completed our advanced training... Read More
Published on September 5, 2017
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The 7-year-old philanthropist had a brainstorm: If there were patients who could not be brought to the story corner, she would bring the story corner to the patients.  By Jeff Weinstock Shira Josephson wrote a book this summer and says it took her “five, four or... Read More
Published on September 1, 2017
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Aubrey Kelly’s 2-year-old son, Pierce, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia—a rare subset of leukemia that can progress quickly if not treated. In Pierce’s case, the best option was a bone marrow transplant. Pierce waited for 86 days to find his bone marrow donor... Read More
Published on August 18, 2017
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Often times when children or adolescents are not growing well, they are encouraged to eat a high-calorie diet to help promote weight gain. While it might seem easier to provide fast food, candy and other junk food to increase calories, it is still important to focus on... Read More
Published on August 18, 2017
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As a speech-language pathologist, I often get asked by parents, “When should my child start talking?” Although every child progresses at their own pace, these are some guidelines for typical development. Birth to 3 months: Crying is your baby’s first form of... Read More
Published on August 16, 2017
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With the rise in national opioid abuse, some parents might wonder if their teens have heard about, encountered or even tried opioids. Diane Tanaka, MD, medical director of the Teenage and Young Adult Health Center, the Homeless Adolescent Wellness Center and the My Voice... Read More
Published on August 15, 2017
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Summer is ending and that means no more late nights, sleeping-in, or spending hours playing video games. Instead, it’s time to head back to school where days are filled with classroom lectures and homework.  Sounds dreadful, right? It doesn’t have to. In fact, with a... Read More
Published on August 15, 2017
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It’s been a year of firsts for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles! Play L.A. took place on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and it brought together the local sports community for an ultimate “play day,” while promoting healthy and active... Read More
Published on August 15, 2017
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By Stephanie Marcy, PhD What is the connection between unhappiness and smartphone usage with kids? What are you seeing now? Stephanie Marcy, PhD: Research is demonstrating that there is a rise in anxiety and depression in youth that they are linking directly to... Read More
Published on August 1, 2017
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Marnie Blakey doesn’t remember anything about Feb. 5, 2007—anything before 10 p.m., that is. The phone call came at 10. She will always remember it, and of course, everything that followed. Prior to that call, though, the day is a blank. Did she force herself out of... Read More
Published on July 31, 2017
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Miguel Torres is a 14-year-old center midfielder with a big dream: to one day play professional soccer. “I love soccer. I like moving the ball around and having the ball at my feet,” the Gardena teen explains. “And I really like running.” While a lot of kids love to run... Read More
Published on July 28, 2017
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Another summer, another camp. But this specific camp let’s you be a hero! …A ‘Handy Hero’ that is! Created and led by occupational therapists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Handy Heroes Therapy Camp is a fun, motivating, and therapeutic summer day camp program designed... Read More
Published on July 14, 2017
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​ On the heels of Netflix’s controversial series about suicide, “13 Reasons Why,” comes the company’s latest offering focusing on a serious mental health issue: “To the Bone.” The film, which competed at the Sundance Film Festival this year, focuses on eating disorders. While... Read More

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