Health and Safety Tips

Published on October 9, 2015
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We all know that we should be prepared in the event of a disaster, but are we really? Most of us in Southern California keep extra bottles of water in our homes, a collection of dusty canned food (hopefully with a manual can opener), flashlights, a radio, and a first aid kid... Read More
Published on August 14, 2015
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Special-needs children and adults are at an increased risk for entering into dangerous situations. They often struggle with the ability to sense danger, and therefore may be prone to literally walking into dangerous situations. I recently read this unsettling quote: “... Read More
Published on July 29, 2015
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I live north of Los Angeles in Santa Clarita Valley. This area still requires homeowners to have 20 feet of greenery from the curb to your house. So in keeping up with city codes, I try to keep a lush, thick lawn, which is also an ideal natural playground for my dog, Sadie,... Read More
Published on July 16, 2015
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CrossFit—you’ve probably seen this word pop up recently,­­ with its fast-growing popularity among athletes or anyone who has shown an interest in working out. The workouts provided in CrossFit are challenging and seem fun, but should you let your young athlete participate?... Read More
Published on July 13, 2015
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Written by Roshanak Monzavi, MD, assistant professor and director of Fellowship, Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Diabetes mellitus is a group of conditions in which a person has high glucose (sugar), either because the body... Read More
Published on May 15, 2015
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Infographic and Q&A with Jamie Wood, MD, director of Clinical Diabetes Programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, to answers the most common questions on diabetes prevention. What can people do more of in their daily lives to prevent diabetes? Jamie Wood, MD:... Read More
Published on December 15, 2014
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It’s easy to get wrapped up in holiday festivities—even easier to overlook common household items that can end up being hazardous to your child. To keep your family’s holiday merry and bright, the Injury Prevention Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles put together these... Read More
Published on November 13, 2014
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Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome can be debilitating for kids and teens, but treatment is not ‘one-size fits all.’At some point, virtually every child gets a stomachache. Fortunately, it’s usually short-lived and not cause for concern. But what happens when a child’s... Read More
Published on October 23, 2014
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles physician-scientist Roger E. De Filippo, MD, an associate professor of urology and director of Pediatric Urology Stem Cell Research at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California discusses how science, technology and... Read More
Published on September 18, 2014
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Updated Oct. 6, 2014 In September, our physicians predicted it was a matter of when, and not if, Los Angeles children would become infected with Enterovirus EV-D68, commonly referred to as enterovirus D68. On Oct. 1, CHLA and public health officials announced that a young... 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 10, 2014
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By Tracy Zaslow, MD, medical director, Sports Medicine Program in Jackie and Gene Autry Orthopedic Center 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... Read More
Published on November 5, 2013
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The holiday season is a joyful time of the year, but it also can be stressful for kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Preparing and planning early for the holidays can help you relieve some of the holiday stress. Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board at... Read More
Published on August 8, 2013
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Summer is here! Schools are closed and children may be found happily playing indoors to avoid the record heat. Pretty soon the kids need an outdoor getaway, but it is so hot outside. The hot days may be made more bearable if you and the family can get on... Read More
Published on December 19, 2011
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When thinking about traditional holiday cheer, deep fried turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, touchdowns and spending time with family around the dinner table often come to mind. This time of year is so closely associated with special holiday meals, that it's important to... Read More
Published on September 13, 2011
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A young mother and California resident, Christina, lost her son, Christopher, in a tragic drowning accident earlier this year. Since his untimely loss, she has partnered with the Injury Prevention Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles to help raise awareness about... Read More
Published on August 22, 2011
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During the summer months, the heat can be welcoming but also draining for some and for an unfortunate few, it can even be deadly. Learn about the causes of hyperthermia, what warning signs to expect, how to keep your cool during the hot summer months and why prevention is key... 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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Courtesy of Bianca Edison, MD, MS, attending physician in Jackie and Gene Autry Orthopedic Center at Children's Hospital Los AngelesIt’s wonderful to see children grow and learn new things. But along with every developmental milestone kids achieve is a new layer of curiosity.... Read More
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Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Members of the Autism Parent Advisory Board of the Boone Fetter Clinic at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles partnered with Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH,... Read More

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