All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on February 17, 2014
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Longtime volunteer Lois Longo recently added a gorgeous new therapy dog to our ranks at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Belle is the third therapy dog Lois has volunteered with at the hospital. Belle and her fellow volunteer dogs do a lot of good for patients and families at... Read More
Published on February 17, 2014
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By Jennifer Jing, MS, media liaison and science writer, Marketing Communications, Saban Research Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles In honor of American Heart Month, we would like to show off what Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is doing for hearts—in the lab! From... Read More
Published on February 14, 2014
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Valentine's Day is such a cheerful time to be a kid. Children in Los Angeles and all across the country, stuff their classmates' Valentine's Day mailboxes with friendly notes – from store-bought cards with their favorite superhero to handmade construction paper hearts – and... Read More
Published on February 12, 2014
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By Garrett Salzman, project assistant, Injury Prevention Program at Children’s Hospital Los AngelesDid you know that motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of injury and death in children today? This can be prevented. The use of child restraint devices (car seats)... Read More
Published on January 30, 2014
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One of my biggest life-altering events was the birth of my two boys. Back then, I wish I had been more prepared to handle and care for a newborn. The hospital offered birthing classes and there were “Mommy and Me” classes, but we still felt unprepared. If you feel anxiety about... Read More
Published on January 28, 2014
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Every two years, we get into the Olympic spirit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The patients and staff get inspired watching the United States compete. The Olympics provide hope to many kids that with hard work and determination, they can reach their personal goals. Yet,... Read More
Published on January 22, 2014
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Our dog volunteers visit the hospital on a daily basis. They wear a purple bandana and have their own Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ID badge. We’re proud of our dog volunteers because they do a lot of good for patients and families receiving care at the hospital. They help:... Read More
Published on January 21, 2014
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The following letter was sent in by Trish Bumpus, mother of Lilly Bumpus, a little girl who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma (a rare bone cancer) before she was 4 months old. Dear team of doctors, nurses and Child Life specialists in the Division of Hematology/Oncology,... Read More
Published on January 14, 2014
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This story is shared in the words of Gina Rich, mother of Ava. In mid-February I noticed a bump on my daughter Ava's head. She was 8 at the time. I thought she must have just bumped it playing around with her brother but it never went away. I took Ava to her doctor and she... Read More
Published on January 10, 2014
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By Tracy Zaslow, MD, medical director, Sports Medicine Program in Children’s Orthopaedic Center (COC) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.Is your family one of the 78 million people heading out to the slopes this winter? Skiing and snowboarding are popular recreational activities... Read More
Published on January 10, 2014
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Did you know these adorable plush animals can help our kids? As part of the Kohl’s Cares for Kids Program, stores are offering these plush favorites and classic children’s books for just $5.00. If you make a purchase between now and April 26, 2014, Kohl’s will donate 100... Read More
Published on December 27, 2013
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By Judith Tighe, RN, CPN, lead RN, Medical/Surgical Unit (5 west) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. It was a good thing I asked my husband to accompany me and our daughter to the dentist for the dreaded wisdom teeth extraction. As we walked to the car my daughter who is eight... Read More
Published on December 20, 2013
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Save the date or set your DVR for Imagine: A Celebration of Hope, a three-time Emmy award winning, television special. Date: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Channel: ABC7 Hashtag: #ImagineCHLA Share on Twitter Be moved and inspired by these patient stories: A... Read More
Published on December 17, 2013
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By Tracy Zaslow, MD, medical director, Sports Medicine and Concussion Program in Children’s Orthopaedic Center (COC) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Rebecca B. Koppel, premed student and mentee of Dr. Zaslow.In hockey, concussions occur most often by getting “checked” by... Read More
Published on December 13, 2013
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If you’ve ever walked by or visited the hospital, you may notice some of our furry friends—dog volunteers. They wear a purple bandana and have their own Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ID badge. Dog volunteers do a lot of good for patients and families receiving care at the... Read More
Published on December 6, 2013
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Stars from CBS Television Studios and CBS returned to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for their third annual holiday visit and kick off a season of holiday giving and fun for kids and families. Musical artist Nick Jonas, Will Arnett (The Millers), Beau Bridges (The Millers),... Read More
Published on November 26, 2013
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Five dancers from ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS), Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Tristan MacManus, Sasha Farber and Tony Dovolani stopped by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for an exciting afternoon of dance movement therapy with patients in our Center for Cancer... Read More
Published on November 21, 2013
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"It just feels great to know that we brought some joy to their life and their parents’ life as well." Tweet Yasiel Puig's quote Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol made one of his frequent visits, Tuesday, to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with a special guest, Los... Read More
Published on November 15, 2013
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By Tracy Zaslow, MD, Medical Director, Children’s Orthopaedic Center (COC) Sports Medicine and Concussion Programs and Allison Farfel, premed student and mentee of Dr. Zaslow. Our spines hold our bodies upright, allowing us to run, jump and play the sports we love. You may have... Read More

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