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Kyle Wong, age 47, is a health and wellness geek. He can talk for hours about nutritious foods and spends his weekends ziplining, hiking, boogie-boarding and “having as much fun as possible”. Rewind to three years and 114 pounds ago, when Kyle was struggling to keep up with... Read More
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My boys wanted to go snowboarding and in the back of my head, I kept thinking, “What about my asthma?” We loaded our car and went on a fun mountain vacation. Once we arrived at our mountain destination and started unloading the car, it seemed everyone was breathing harder. My... Read More
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Many people think cats, especially kittens, are playful and adorable. While this is true, you may be shocked to find out that cats carry bacteria called bartonella henselae (Cat Scratch Disease). Cat scratch disease can affect anyone, including people with decreased immune... Read More
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Keep you and your family healthy this season! Last flu season, media reported that the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the seasonal flu had spread throughout the country and reached high levels. Don't let your family become part of that... Read More
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  “Congratulations on your new baby! Are you going to breastfeed or use formula?” This is a question every mother is asked. Never before has someone so quickly asked you a question so personal. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) joins other... Read More
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It can be very difficult for children using inhalers to coordinate pressing the inhaler and breathing in at the same time. Using a spacer with an inhaler can help your child get the proper amount of medicine into his or her lungs. A spacer looks like a round plastic... Read More
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I still remember the awful taste of a thick, chalky, white medication that my pediatrician would routinely prescribe when I had strep throat as a child. Simply looking at the bottle of the banana-favored medication made me want to run and hide. Fortunately for my parents (... Read More
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Recently, the rate of childhood obesity has fallen, this Feb. 26 ABC News story has more details, yet weight is still an issue with many parents and kids. Many parents want to know, “How do you help your child if they are concerned about weight?” I reached out to two experts... Read More
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Every year, children die from preventable toy-related injuries. The majority of toy-related deaths continue to be choking on small toy parts, such as marbles, balloons and small balls. And as many are in the search for the perfect toy to gift this holiday season, Alan Nager, MD... Read More
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Have you ever turned on soft soothing music to calm you and help you refocus when you felt stressed? Or turned on your favorite dance or rock music to help get you energized again when you felt low in energy? Music definitely can affect your mood and the way you feel and act.... Read More
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Tragedy and disaster strikes when we least expect it. The recent Isla Vista attack, the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and the unfortunate events of Hurricane Sandy are prime examples of how trauma and disaster can... Read More
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The world of nutrition is a confusing place filled with new fad diets, contradicting information, and opinionated individuals who spread the word quickly. But who should you really listen to for nutrition advice? Registered dietitians (RD) or registered dietitian... Read More
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The Story of Jack's Appendectomy In an earlier post, I told the story of a boy named Jack. His mother brought him to the emergency room of her local children's hospital because he displayed the tell-tale signs of someone possibly suffering from appendicitis, listed in "... Read More
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Written by Kathryn Smith, DrPH, RN, nurse care manager in the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in collaboration with members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board. Back to school is just around the corner and this time of year can be both exciting and... Read More
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The topic of breastfeeding in public has long been a subject of debate and confusion, particularly in the United States. Experts encourage women to breastfeed on their babies’ feeding schedule while some members of the community disapprove when moms breastfeed outside their... Read More
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On behalf of all the nurses of the RN Remedies program, we want to introduce Marvin Mangahis, our first male nurse blogger. This is an exciting time for the RN Remedies program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Marvin has been a pediatric nurse for more than 15 years.  He... Read More
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For me, summer conjures up days of fun in oceans, lakes and pools because I love the water. It also reminds me of some close calls of my own, especially one episode involving my daughter.  In fact, I have told the story repeatedly—I will never forget that day. On a... Read More
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The Hearing and Speech Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles unveiled a newly revamped space on Jan. 28 with a celebratory ribbon-cutting that thanked former Children’s Hospital patient and current Girl Scout, Lauren Lee. “We just want to thank Lauren for all her hard-... Read More
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We all get emotional and perhaps say and do things we regret. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who hasn’t. The reason I bring this up is because I recently read a sad story about a teenager with no prior history of violence, who let his emotions and aggression take over his body... Read More
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Anaphylaxis My daughter told me during a phone call that she wasn't feeling well. She was away at college and told me there had been sandwiches at a party she'd attended. "I ate one and now I don’t feel good at all," she confessed. My nurse antennae went up because... Read More

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