CHLA in the News

Bloomberg View - Making Little Brains Kindergarten-Ready

Published on August 10, 2015

One of the most important skills for any kindergartner, besides recognizing the alphabet and opening juice boxes, is knowing how to keep still. At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, hundreds of children have practiced doing just that -- and not just for their own sake, but for the good of science...Read More

Science Daily - Pediatric brain tumors can be classified noninvasively at diagnosis

Published on August 7, 2015

Medulloblastoma, the most commonly occurring malignant brain tumor in children, can be classified into four subgroups -- each with a different risk profile requiring subgroup-specific therapy. Investigators have now discovered that these subgroups can be determined non-invasively, using...Read More

Market Watch — Extension study data supporting long-term safety and efficacy of Eloctate(R)/Elocta(R) published in Haemophilia 

August 10, 2015

Interim results show participants maintained low bleeding rates with prophylactic dosing.

Newly published clinical data demonstrate that people on extended-interval prophylaxis regimens with Eloctate(R)/Elocta(R) (rFVIIIFc) [Antihemophilic Factor (Recombinant), Fc Fusion Protein] experienced low bleeding rates, Biogen BIIB, +1.84% and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (publ) (Sobi) (sto:SOBI) announced today...Read More - Third-grader handcuffed, practice common in schools 

August 5, 2015

Data shows 70,000 children were physically restrained while in school...Watch Here

Beverly Hills Courier - Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Staff, Volunteers Welcome, Support Special Olympics 

Staff members from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, plus volunteers, provided medial services and support for the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony and throughout the week...Read More

KABC - Children's Hospital Los Angeles Support the Special Olympics World Games  

July 29, 2015 

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The Bakersfield Californian - 'Soccer Roy' giving a boost to LA hospital that cared 

August 5, 2015

When Erin and Gary Curneen lost their three-week-old son to a serious birth defect that affected vital organs, they were both far from family support...Read More

Scrubs Mag - The Special Olympics World Games through a nurse’s eyes 

August 5, 2015

When I learned that the Special Olympics World Games would be coming to Los Angeles, I knew I needed to be a part of it. I wanted desperately to be on the field of play, ready to jump in and take care of any athletes who needed me...Read More

Parents Magazine - Transparenthood: Raising a Transgender Child

August 4, 2015

After having a girl first, Ellen, a mom in Southern California, was excited to learn her second child would be a boy. She went on a shopping spree for baby-boy clothes and painted his whole nursery blue, including the ceiling, which she dotted with puffy white clouds. When her son arrived, Ellen and her husband, John, named him Ryan...Read More

Beverly Hills Courier - Volleyball Tournament Raises Funds, Awareness To Fight Sudden Cardiac Death Syndrome

August 4, 2015

Eight teams competed in the 21st annual Chad Volleyball Tournament in Hermosa Beach with proceeds benefiting the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) Heart Institute and the Chad Foundation for Athletes and Artists...Read More

Mom - Momstamp Blog - Parenting My Transgender Teen

July 30, 2015

For a transgender teen, impending puberty poses both a challenge and an opportunity. Going through an undesired puberty, with its secondary sex characteristics like facial hair and breast development, can be emotionally devastating for a child who identifies as a different gender than the one they were assigned at birth, suddenly they feel out of control...Read More

Reuters Online - New FDA-Approved Device For Treatment Of Drug-Resistant Epilepsy Now Offering Hope To Patients In U.S. 

July 29, 2015

In just one month following FDA approval of the AspireSR® generator for the VNS Therapy® System, leading hospitals across approximately 40 states have begun providing this new treatment option for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy...Read More

Science Daily - Improved outcomes associated with stem cell transplantation for children with serious chronic leukemia

July 30, 2015

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 called juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML)...Read More

Mashable - When parenting a trans child, let them teach you

July 24, 2015

It is not the journey most parents imagine for their children, but it is one we increasingly contemplate, especially as public figures like Caitlyn Jenner and Jazz Jennings let the media and public into their lives...Read More

ABC/Nightline - 'I Am Jazz': Transgender Teen on Grappling with High School, Puberty

July 14, 2014

"Young people who experience puberty of their assigned sex at birth that is discordant from their internal gender," said Dr. Johanna Olson, the medical director for the Center for Transyouth Health and Development. "We see ... really high rates of thinking about suicide, of attempting suicide, and alarming rates of depression. We’re talking about rates that are five to six times higher than the youth population in general, in the United States.” ...Read More

NPR — Health Effects Of Transitioning In Teen Years Remain Unknown

July 22, 2015

Most transgender adolescents go through the same steps during the medical transition from one gender to another. They're given a drug that blocks or pauses puberty. Then, if they and their doctors are sure they want to continue, they are given sex hormones that will resume puberty and give them more male or more female bodies...Read More

CNN - Next Generation Hearing Implants for Kids 

July 17, 2015

CHLA surgeon Mark S. Krieger talks with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta about how the Auditory Brainstem Implant is breaking down sound barriers...Watch Here

Redondo Beach nurses return from Haiti mission to save conjoined twins 

July 16, 2015

Two nurses from Redondo Beach joined a team of 16 other physicians and nurses from Los Angeles to separate a pair of six-month-old conjoined Haitian twins, the first surgery of its kind on Haitian soil...Read More

ABC News/Good Morning America - New Treatment Inspires Hope for the Battle Against Sun Allergy

July 3, 2015

Savannah Fulkerson first started getting mysterious blisters and sores on her hands when she was 4. Her mother, Andrea Fulkerson, said doctors pointed to eczema, an inflammatory skin condition that causes itchy blisters, but she was always skeptical as her daughter’s skin would become irritated solely after sun exposure...Watch Here

Robb Report - From Adversaries to Allies: Bacteria and viruses are two improbable but powerful weapons being tested in the targeted war on cancer 

July 13, 2015

Cancer cells are clever. Researchers characterize them as wily, smart, sneaky, and stubborn. But what cancer cells are not is impervious to damage and even death by targeted assault, which is why chemo- and radiation therapies can be so effective: They use chemical concoctions and X-rays, gamma rays, or charged particles to directly attack tumors...Read More 

NBC – Making Visits to the Dentist Friendlier for Children With Autism 

July 10, 2014

A visit to the dentist can be extremely frightening for children with autism. Now a team of researchers from USC and Children's Hospital Los Angeles are working to change that...Watch Here

KTTV —  In a sit-down interview, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles surgeon Henri Ford discusses traveling to Haiti to separate conjoined twins

July 1, 2015

A pair of Haitian conjoined twins will get a chance to live normal lives thanks to the work of an 18-personal surgical team led by Dr. Henri Ford...Watch Here 

ABC7 — Toddler Spends 2nd Birthday With CHLA Doctors Who Saved Her Life 

June 26, 2015

Haven Forner doesn't remember all her doctors and nurses, but they sure remember her.

Haven and her parents celebrated her second birthday with a visit to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. At six months old, she was airlifted to CHLA from Santa Barbara after a simple cold rapidly turned into a deadly lung infection...Read More 

New York Times - Tell It About Your Mother

June 24, 2015

In 1900, Sigmund Freud, a Viennese specialist in nervous disorders, Began treating the 18-year-old daughter of a rich acquaintance. Freud, who was 44, was just beginning to practice psychoanalysis, a form of therapy that would become known as ‘the talking cure.’ The girl, whom Freud would later refer to as ‘‘Dora,’’ had a cluster of inexplicable symptoms: Her mood was low, she was prone to losing consciousness and, for weeks at a time, she could not speak above a whisper. Freud diagnosed hysteria, a term commonly used in fin de siècle Europe to refer to a disorder in which psychological stress was expressed through physical symptoms. . . Bradley Peterson, a psychoanalyst, child psychiatrist and the director of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, also sees the need for a different approach to the discipline...Read More 

CBS News - Teen gets device to prevent sudden death from epilepsy

June 11, 2015

There is new hope for young people with epilepsy after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the implantation of a special device aimed at preventing people from dying in their sleep...Read More - CHLA nurse wins healer award for oncology work 

June 5, 2015

Laura Vasquez, RN, CPON, a pediatric oncology nurse at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, was selected as the winner of CURE magazine’s Exemplary Healing Award for oncology nursing. She was honored in April at the Oncology Nursing Society’s 40th Annual Congress in Orlando, Fla. More than 1,000 nurses attended the ninth annual healer ceremony and reception...Read More 

C Magazine — Ralph Lauren & Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

June 2, 2015

On Thursday, May 7, Melanie Griffith hosted an elegant evening of cocktails and charitable shopping with Ralph Lauren at her private residence to benefit the Epilepsy Surgery Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles...Read More  

Huffington Post - Conjoined Twins In Haiti Separated By Renowned Surgeon Who Returned Home For Procedure

June 8, 2015

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Los Angeles Times — What should parents do if a child touches a sibling? 

June 5, 2015

The scandal surrounding the Duggar family, famous for their reality TV series “19 Kids and Counting,” and who confirmed this week that one of their sons inappropriately touched girls, at least two of them his sisters, when he was a teenager, raises a difficult question: What should parents do if one of their children is inappropriately touching a young sibling? ...Read More - Cast of “Pretty Little Liars” Visit CHLA Patients

June 3, 2015

The leading cast of “Pretty Little Liars” joined patients and families for a special screening of the show...Read More 

KCBS — Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Patients Meet Animals At LA Zoo That Suffer From Similar Medical Conditions

May 29, 2015

Patients from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Friday got a chance to meet animals at the LA Zoo, and the animals had a special connection to the kids...Read More 

ABC7 - How Dance/Movement Therapy Eases Young Patients’ Pain 

May 20, 2015 

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles dance/movement therapist Lori Baudino engages two sisters in an intimate dance/movement therapy session that aids in relieving their post-surgery pain...Watch Here 

ABC/Celebrity Jeopardy! - Josh Gad Competes on Jeopardy for CHLA

May 14, 2015

Actor Josh Gad came in third on TV’s Celebrity Jeopardy, winning $10,000 for his charity, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles...Watch Here - Clippers Donating $47,200 to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

May 18, 2015

The Clippers couldn’t have picked a better time to set a franchise record for 3-pointers in a season...Read More 

Neuropathic News – New Study on Acupuncture to Reduce Pain and Inflammation in Children with Acute Appendicitis

May 12, 2015

Alan L. Nager, MD, MHA and coauthors from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California assessed subjective pain among pediatric patients immediately before and 20 minutes after treatment by a licensed acupuncturist. The researchers also measured two biomarkers of inflammation in blood samples taken before, during, and 30 minutes after needle placement...Read More

3rd Light Up the Blues Concert-An Evening of Music to Benefit Autism Speaks 

April 25, 2015

Emcee Jack Black introduces Pat Levitt, PhD, who recently received a $1M grant from Autism Speaks. Dr. Levitt speaks to the audience about his work studying gastrointestinal distress in children with autism...Watch here

California Health Report - Health Police and Moms of Cypress Park Walk the Beat To Safety

May 11, 2015

This occasional “walking the beat” event is part-listening tour, part-community policing. It grew out of the larger city-funded Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) program run by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’s Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine...Read More

FOX 11 - Sugar Ray Leonard Working To End Diabetes

May 11, 2015

Sugar Ray Leonard is working to raise money for research and awareness towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and to help children live healthier lives...Watch here — Drew Barrymore honors 'Hero' Moms With Mother's Day Event at Children's Hospital

May 9, 2015

Drew Barrymore's cosmetics line FLOWER Beauty hosted its second annual Mother's Day event at Children's Hospital Los Angeles on Friday, giving moms of sick children the chance to be pampered alongside their kids...Read More

Univision 34 - I Decided to be Happy - Part 2 

April 30, 2015

Trans youths as young as 6, 7, 8 years old talk about self-harm. We talk to Dr. Johanna Olson, medical director for the largest trans youth clinic in the country who talks to us about this. [Spanish]...Watch Here

Live Science-Pausing Puberty with Hormone Blockers May Help Transgender Kids 

May 6, 2015

Transgender adults start as transgender children, and doctors are now poised to help these children cope with their perceived gender identity before they enter the "wrong" puberty, by postponing puberty's onset...Read More 

FOX 11 - 15-Year-Old Transgender Teen Hopes To Inspire Others

May 1, 2015

A local teen is hoping to inspire transgender youth by speaking publicly about her transition...Watch Here - Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Cast Visits Kids At Children's Hospital Los Angeles

April 28, 2015

It was National Superhero Day, and the cast and crew of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spent it at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Chloe Bennet, who plays Skye/Quake, taught the children how to harness their superpowers...Read More 

Daily News - Bruce Jenner’s transgender journey will lead to more understanding, many say

April 27, 2015

Just days after Bruce Jenner revealed in a televised interview that he considers himself to be a woman, advocates including those who work with transyouth at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles said Monday they hope his story will encourage ongoing conversations about gender identity...Read More 

E Online - Kim Kardashian Honored for Work with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at Variety Power of Women Event

April 24, 2015

In typical Kim Kardashian fashion, the E! star stole the spotlight at the Variety Power of Women Luncheon in NYC today, where she was honored for her work with Children's Hospital Los Angeles...Read More 

Yahoo! - When Your 5-Year-Old Daughter Insists She’s a Boy

April 24, 2015

Transgender awareness has skyrocketed in recent years. That’s due, in large part, to examples in pop culture ranging from “Orange Is the New Black” actress Laverne Cox and model Carmen Carrera to the Amazon hit series “Transparent” and the chatter surrounding Bruce Jenner’s shifting appearance — set to reach a crescendo on Friday night as Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with the sports icon airs...Read More 

KFGO - Teen texting and driving dips with state laws 

April 27, 2015

According to a new analysis of nationwide surveys, teens report less texting while driving in the years following statewide bans. But texting while driving rates are still high, the researchers found...Read More 

Lauren - Helping Hand: Crafting at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

April 27, 2015

I believe that no matter how busy life gets, you can always find some time to give back. Volunteering is one of the best things you can do for your community and yourself...Read More 

Entertainment Tonight - Miss America Serves Day and Children's Hospital Los Angeles

April 27, 2015

Joell Posey Grager visited Children's Hospital Los Angeles as part of Miss America Serves Day...Watch Here

LA Times — Transgender community, allies see Jenner interview in positive light

April 25, 2015

When Bruce Jenner revealed to Diane Sawyer what many had already speculated — that the 1976 Olympic champion now publicly identifies as a woman — nearly 17 million people were watching...Read More — How to protect your kids' eyes and ears from too much screen time 

April 26, 2015

Everywhere you look these days, whether at the mall, restaurants or grocery stores, you see kids hunched over screens, eyes glazed over and entranced by the flashing lights...Read More 

Science Daily — Long lasting anti-hemophilia factor safe in kids, experts say 

April 24, 2015

Children with hemophilia A require three to four infusions each week to prevent bleeding episodes, chronic pain and joint damage. A new, extended therapy combines recombinant factor VIII with a fusion protein that allows the molecule to remain in the circulation longer -- translating into a need for less frequent treatment...Read More 

Cure Magazine — CURE Magazine Names Pediatric Nurse Laura Vasquez from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles As Extraordinary Healer of 2015

April 24, 2015

“Kind,” “selfless,” “the voice of reason” and “truly an extraordinary healer” were among the ways Denise Weiner described pediatric oncology nurse Laura Vasquez of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, who cared for her daughter, Alexa, during her five-year battle with a malignant brain tumor...Read More 

People.Com — Kim Kardashian: Daughter North Takes Selfies, Too!

April 25, 2015

Kardashian was honored at the luncheon for her volunteer work at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles...Read More