All CHLA Blog Posts

Published on March 15, 2016
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I grew up in a family that loved the outdoors. When I was a child, camping was one of my favorite outdoor activities, and remains so to this day. Creating a safe and happy camping experience requires planning; but camping with kids requires even more preparation and... Read More
Published on March 14, 2016
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Matthew Zavala and Alexander Pacach, health educators for HIV programs at the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at CHLA, delivered a presentation to stand up for young people. Highlights from the 2016 Southern California Sexual Health Summit A blog post... Read More
Published on March 14, 2016
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Highlights from the First Two Installments of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Webinar Series A blog post by Maria Sipin Public attitudes about young parents vary and have been generally negative. A common perception about young parents is the belief that they are “kids... Read More
Published on February 29, 2016
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In July 2015, Samantha and Marco Davila were at week 20 of their pregnancy, and they were excited to learn of their first child’s gender. But something was spotted on the ultrasound that would change all three lives. What their doctor saw would ultimately be diagnosed as... Read More
Published on February 18, 2016
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Last Friday, patients all over the hospital received a special Valentine’s Day gift: messages from you!   The day started off with hundreds red heart balloons tied to goodie bags in red wagons that were wheeled down the hallways of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles... Read More
Published on February 18, 2016
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His daughter’s experience at the Heart Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles spurred actor Mark Feuerstein and his wife, Dana Klein, to get involved. Mark Feuerstein faced a dilemma shared by many parents of severely ill children: the agony of going to work every... Read More
Published on February 16, 2016
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As a father of two handsome boys, I was faced with the decision to have my boys circumcised or not. This was a tough one to make as a father who only wants the best for his boys. So what is a circumcision anyways? Male circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin... Read More
Published on February 10, 2016
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If you’ve ever had the stomach flu, I’m sure you can relate that it is pretty miserable. In my adult life, I have even ended up in the hospital because I got so dehydrated and weak from a case of the stomach flu and needed IV fluids to help me recover. This winter, Southern... Read More
Published on February 9, 2016
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Elysia Weiner, RN, clinic nurse III at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, was nervous to be on her first helicopter ride. She didn’t know what to expect, but luckily, a CHLA transport nurse was kind to explain the process of the flight and Weiner was even taken on a special... Read More
Published on February 9, 2016
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Over the past few months, a lot of news coverage has been devoted to outbreaks of Zika virus around the world, including warnings that the virus can and is following some international travelers back into the United States. Some warnings involve pregnant women and the... Read More
Published on February 5, 2016
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Blog post by Abigail M. Nimtz, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Inpatient Rehabilitation at Children's Hospital Los Angeles When people suffer from brain injuries, caregivers and loved ones often pay the most attention to the things they see: Can they walk?... Read More
Published on February 4, 2016
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An RN Remedies blog post by Kasey Rangan, MSN, RN, CPN As a nurse practitioner in our Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, families often ask for advice on how to talk to their children when they are diagnosed with cancer.... Read More
Published on February 4, 2016
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Blog post written by Kristin Flynn, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist II, Rehabilitation, Children's Hospital Los Angeles No matter the age or intensity of play, after a sports injury an athlete’s main goal is usually to get back on the field. However, as a parent your main... Read More
Published on February 3, 2016
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In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, I decided to write a blog with some helpful and up-to-date advice about keeping your family’s teeth healthy. The benefits of doing this right and starting early will not only mean healthier mouths and teeth, but better... Read More
Published on January 29, 2016
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Sports like skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and sledding are on my boys’ wish list this year. I thought it would a good time to make sure that they are wearing protective eyewear with good polycarbonate lenses. Sunglasses are not just for lounging by the pool or on the... Read More
Published on January 28, 2016
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Knowing what’s on the horizon for corporate giving is extremely valuable for companies looking to evaluate existing corporate philanthropy programs or build new ones. We’ve created a list of the top 5 corporate giving trends to anticipate in 2016: 1. Year-round... Read More
Published on January 26, 2016
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Self-esteem. We hear those two words a lot. It is paramount to a child’s well-being, but what does it mean and how, as parents, do we foster it? Self-esteem is about liking oneself, knowing you belong and are loved and valued for who you are as a person. Parents play a... Read More
Published on January 26, 2016
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We probably all remember our teen years as peppered with a lot of excitement, as well as a lot of angst; times when we felt we had everything under control, and then the next minute our world was collapsing around us, our feelings of self-esteem in our boots. Recent... Read More
Published on January 21, 2016
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Written by HIlary Tighe, RN resident, CTICU/CV Acute, Children's Hospital Los Angeles It’s 7:20 a.m. and the 49 new graduate nurses of the September 2015 cohort trickle into the seventh-floor classroom. We sit in our “houses”—groups made up of new grads from units other... Read More
Published on January 21, 2016
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How a desperate email, sent to the wrong hospital, inadvertently reached the one doctor who could turn Bianca Celis’ life around. “Oops.” That was the best Bianca Celis could muster after learning that the email she had sent off to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles went... Read More

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