Research Blog

Published on September 19, 2015
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Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have received an $8.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research to improve HIV care and prevention in a study focusing on Black, Latino and multiracial gay and bisexual young men – a group at the... Read More
Published on September 4, 2015
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CHLA researcher Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, was featured on NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report on Thursday, September 3 for her research study finding an association between socioeconomic status and brain development. Check out her interview here as well as our own post below from... Read More
Published on August 26, 2015
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Cross-section of mouse gastrocnemius muscle, courtesy of Lily Chao, MD, Children’s Hospital, Los AngelesImportant for quick leg movements like running and jumping, the gastrocnemius muscle is connected to the Achilles tendon and spans the back of the lower leg. Researchers at... Read More
Published on August 25, 2015
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Seeing the arm ripped off of one’s favorite SpongeBob SquarePants plush pillow can be heartbreaking for a child. But rather than grieve its loss, a young Michael Quintero got out his mother’s sewing kit and slowly stitched SpongeBob back together. While too young to truly... Read More
Published on August 20, 2015
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In a word? Data.Left: The Great Library of Alexandria, O. Von Corven, 1st Century, Public DomainRight: Big Data Image, Courtesy of Shutterstock “The library of Alexandria was a great data repository,” began Randall Wetzel, MD, during a presentation at Children’s... Read More
Published on August 17, 2015
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Researchers demonstrate better outcomes using immune therapy drug called alemtuzumab in transplant patients with non-malignant genetic diseases of blood cellsComputer modeling of the monoclonal antibody alemtuzumab, which CHLA researchers have shown helps reduce graft rejections... Read More
Published on August 7, 2015
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When life gives you lemons, make some lemonade.Alexandra “Alex” Scott gave new meaning to the saying when, at the age of four, she began selling lemonade to fund pediatric cancer research. She had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer of the sympathetic nervous... Read More
Published on August 5, 2015
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Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, led by principal investigator and acting division head of Neurology Wendy Mitchell, MD, have been at the forefront of studying treatment and outcome Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Syndrome or OMS (also known as the “dancing eyes” syndrome or... Read More
Published on August 3, 2015
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How should we approach and study Johanson-Blizzard Syndrome?Though incredibly rare, Johanson-Blizzard Syndrome (JBS) requires intervention from multiple medical fields. Complications this syndrome presents in many areas of the body can necessitate treatment over the course of... Read More
Published on July 29, 2015
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Difference aids in childbearing, but likely imparts a greater susceptibility for scoliosis and osteoporosis in females Looking at measurements of the vertebrae – the series of small bones that make up the spinal column – in newborn children, investigators at Children’s... Read More
Published on July 27, 2015
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According to a recent article in The New York Times, a study published in the journal Circulation found that consumption of sugary drinks results in some 184,000 deaths worldwide each year. The study’s researchers further estimate that sweetened drinks cause 133,000 deaths from... Read More
Published on July 24, 2015
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Researchers in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have shown greatly improved outcomes in using stem cell transplantation to treat patients with a serious but very rare form of chronic blood cancer... Read More
Published on July 22, 2015
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Johanna Olson, MD, and her colleagues at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, provide care for the largest number of transyouth in the U.S. and have enrolled 101 patients in a study to determine the safety and efficacy of treatment that helps patients bring their bodies into closer... Read More
Published on July 20, 2015
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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressively lethal lung disease, with few effective treatment options.  Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have found that a biomarker commonly associated with cell injury called Annexin V may... Read More
Published on July 17, 2015
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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_wM5IS1y6KGekhZQ3NSYmxvZFE/edit?pli=1When colitis flares, there is an inflammatory process that kills both bacteria and colon cells mistakenly identified as pathogenic. The body mounts a counterforce, seeking to repair the intestinal lining.... Read More
Published on July 15, 2015
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Researchers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California found that children with autism spectrum disorder, as well as typically developing children, experience less stress in a sensory-adapted environment than in a regular dental clinic.A trip to... Read More
Published on July 13, 2015
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This video is a fly-through of the colon. Much of the lining has been destroyed by a severe bout of colitis. Each frame depicts a progressively deeper layer of the colon with stem cells (shown in red) working to repair the organ.Image: mouse colonVideo credit: Cambrian Liu, PhD... Read More
Published on July 10, 2015
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Retinoblastoma (or RB) is a childhood retinal tumor usually affecting children 1 to 2 years of age. Although rare, it is the most common malignant tumor of the eye in children.A common sign of this cancer is a white glow or glint in the pupil of one or both eyes. Parents may... Read More
Published on July 8, 2015
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Two minutes, Frank Ing, MD, tells a visitor, with all the best intentions. He flashes a pair of fingers as reinforcement. “Two minutes.”Then he’s off on what he might call a mission of eminence, seeing Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through the final moments of a year-long... Read More
Published on July 6, 2015
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