All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on December 2, 2014
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
-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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
Published on November 20, 2014
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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