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If you are a smoker, you should know there is no risk-free level of exposure to tobacco smoke. In adults, secondhand smoke can cause serious cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, including coronary heart disease and lung cancer.  In pregnant women, secondhand... Read More
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Whenever a child is diagnosed with a cancer the number one question I see as a pediatric nurse practitioner in Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases is, “What caused my child’s cancer?” Parents often wonder if there was any way they could have prevented their child... Read More
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Spring break and prom season are around the corner, which is what got me thinking about the topic of infectious mononucleosis, otherwise known as mono or the “Kissing Disease.” The reason why these two exciting springtime events inspired this blog post is because, well,... Read More
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I remember my first experience with head lice. I was working at a summer camp and on the first day I had to check for head lice on each of my campers. The camp nurse instructed each of us on what to look for, but I still felt unsure because I had never seen them. Since my... Read More
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One of the most magical moments for parents, following the birth of their baby, is when their newborn opens their eyes for the first time. Making eye-to-eye contact with your baby is priceless! Many new parents wonder, “What exactly does my baby see?” Help Your Baby’... Read More
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Thank you for supporting us in 2011! Last year was a defining year for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. I would like to take a moment to celebrate with you, our supporters in our community, because what we have accomplished together is truly phenomenal. Award-winning... Read More
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When my wife and I learned that our children had many outdoor allergies, we realized that we were not going to become the baseball or soccer parents that we might have imagined. Our solution was to look into indoor sports programs such as martial arts, gymnastics and swimming.... Read More
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Parents often have what I call “fever phobia.” They rush to aggressively maintain a normal temperature for their child when a fever could actually be an indication of their child’s natural virus-fighting abilities in high gear. I know that your child’s safety and recovery... Read More
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There we were, four families gathered for one of our nightly dinner parties during our annual stay at a mountain cabin when we heard a THUMP and the tell-tale sound of injury, a child beginning to cry. Until that moment, the children had been running around the big mountain... Read More
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Growing up in London, England, we had a cat, as well as other animals including rabbits, chicken and one tortoise. Since then, we have carried on the tradition with two to three cats at any given time. You can imagine my surprise when my daughter moved away from home only to... Read More
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Energy drinks have been popular for a while now. They are marketed in attractive, brightly colored cans small enough to put in a pocket or purse and easy for small hands to hold, and they taste like soda or sweet fruit juice. Mostly consumed by teens and young adults,... Read More
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My nephew recently came up to me and said, “I have a boogie” as he held out his finger and waves a ball of freshly plucked mucous in front of me. Gross. I immediately remedied this situation by handing him a tissue and sending him to the restroom to wash his hands.  Does... Read More
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You may have heard of sepsis or septic shock. You may know someone who has had it or you may have read about it in the news. You may have heard it called “blood poisoning,” or not heard of it at all. Ara Festekjian, MD, one of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ esteemed... Read More
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Did you know that our skin is the largest organ of our bodies? It’s essential for protecting our internal organs, muscles and bones. It holds us together! Skin reflects who we are and it is the first impression of us upon others. For teenagers, this can be a painful and... Read More
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It’s that time again, flu season. Are you ready to beat the cold and flu season? This is the time of year that our Emergency Department braces itself to see lots of families with children battling seasonal illnesses. Many times, we see families where one child is sick one week,... Read More
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As a baby, Amanda was treated for leukemia at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  Now, at age seventeen, she's not only a survivor, but an abc7 Cool Kid as a result of her efforts to raise money for the hospital. Amanda, and her friend Angelica, presented a... 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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