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In a previous post (Teens & Texting: What Parents Need to Know), I introduced the subject of teens and text messaging, providing an overview for parents to better understand this modern phenomenon. From the perspective of a health care provider, I would like to ... 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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The scariest thing that could happen to a pregnant mom is being told that your baby has a complication or a birth defect. After the initial fears wear off, the thought of navigating the health care system, finding a specialist and scheduling tests can add to the scariness.... 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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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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Making your own baby food is a very personal decision many mothers think about. It is not always an easy choice because there are a lot of factors such as lifestyle, cost, benefits and risks that go into it. As my best friend put it, “There is something really gratifying... 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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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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For three years, I lived in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. There I sometimes experienced cold weather down to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit during the wintertime.  Frostbite was a real threat and you could readily find all kinds of information about how to identify, treat... Read More
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Have you ever listened to a song that took you back to the memory of a specific time in your life, reminded you of a special person, made you feel relaxed or gave you energy? There is definitely a certain power associated with music. Music can bring up emotions, memories... Read More
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Expecting moms typically register for baby items based on what their friends (usually other moms) tell them "they MUST have." Sharing space at the top of the list, along with the latest fun trends in newborn fashion, is often BPA-free Baby Bottles. One thing I've realized is... Read More
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How many times have you been in the waiting room at your pediatrician's office and heard crying from a child in another room?  Maybe the sound even prompted your child to ask why the other child was crying. Pop Quiz for Parents Ask yourself the following questions... Read More
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With so many types of sunscreens available, it is easy to get overwhelmed at the local drug store. Before you buy a bottle of sunscreen, let’s review some of the basics. Understanding what you might see on sunscreen labels will allow you to choose the right sunscreen for... Read More
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As a nurse practitioner in the Division of Pediatric Urology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, I take care of many children who have one kidney. When kids have one kidney, we call this a "solitary" or "singleton" kidney. The kidneys are bean-shaped organs located around... Read More

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