CHLA News & Media

Published on February 28, 2018
Etan Orgel.jpg Less-toxic lymphoid regimens are more likely to obtain remission in mixed phenotype acute leukemia (MPAL) A study at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is shedding new light on the best therapeutic approach for a rare and aggressive leukemia called mixed phenotype acute... Read More
Published on February 27, 2018
CHLA-Bradley-Peterson.jpg Stress and other factors can trigger immune response A landmark study published in the Journal of Neuroscience on February 26 reveals that activation of a pregnant mother’s immune system can affect her baby’s brain development. A team of researchers led by Bradley Peterson,... Read More
Published on February 27, 2018
AngeliqueGarcia-2493.jpg LOS ANGELES -- Even before Angelique Garcia was born, doctors at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) knew she had a severe form of congenital heart disease called complete atrioventricular canal defect (CAVC), thanks to a prenatal echocardiogram by CHLA cardiologist Jay... Read More
Published on February 23, 2018
chla-jim-harrison-header.jpg Jim Harrison, age 2 CHLA’s Home Mechanical Ventilation Program Marks 40th Anniversary There was a time when it was devastating news for a parent to learn that in order to survive, their child would need to be hospitalized and require assistance to breathe with a mechanical... Read More
Published on February 23, 2018
chla-amber-beads.jpg When I decided to look into the question of amber teething beads for infants, I first searched the internet to see what popped up. Google produced a host of very pretty looking beads for sale for this purpose. As a lover of amber, coral and turquoise I can understand the appeal... Read More
Published on February 22, 2018
chla-william-lievense-header-1.jpg By Katie Sweeney On a picture-perfect summer day at the lake in August 2016, William Lievense, then 9, stood at the edge of the dock, ready to jump gleefully into the water one more time. At that moment, his life was still the normal life he had always known. In that life... Read More
Published on February 21, 2018
LM.jpg Children’s Hospital Los Angeles one of 25 sites in international study of larotrectinib Three quarters of patients, both adults and children, with a variety of advanced cancers occurring in different sites of the body responded to larotrectinib, a novel therapy that targets a... Read More
Published on February 21, 2018
Dr-Kasper-Wang-Thumb.jpg Dr. Wang was nominated by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Surgery Kasper Wang, MD, FACS, FAAP,  associate chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), has been elected to the Pediatric Surgery Board of the American... Read More
Published on February 19, 2018
APS-Doctors-2018-Nordli-Shaddy-Kohli-sm.jpg (Left to Right) Douglas Nordli, Jr., MD; Robert E. Shaddy, MD; Rohit Kohli, MBBS, MS. (Photo by CHLA) LOS ANGELES – Three top doctors from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have been accepted into the American Pediatric Society (APS) – a... Read More
Published on February 15, 2018
18_2_Heart_Transplant_CHLA_0622.jpg Today the hospital operates one of the nation's leading pediatric heart transplant programs  This month, The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) celebrates the 25th anniversary of its pediatric heart transplant program, the first dedicated pediatric... Read More
Published on February 15, 2018
chla-casey-fisher-header.jpg After beating back two life-threatening illnesses, the resilient teenager has a new heart to take forward and a bout with cancer to leave behind. By Jeff Weinstock Consider this a chicken-and-egg discussion no one ever wanted to have, but knowing which came first, the... Read More
Published on February 6, 2018
chla-zerkari-payne-with-mom-header.jpg By Katie Sweeney Fifteen-year-old Zerkari Payne is back at school these days, hanging out with his friends again and “shooting some hoop.” The outgoing high school sophomore has more energy than he can ever remember. “I feel like a brand-new person,” Zerkari says. Still... Read More
Published on February 5, 2018
Jasmine_HLHS Consortium web.jpg Children's Hospital Los Angeles is announcing participation in the first-ever clinical trial using stem cells from umbilical cord blood to delay or even prevent heart failure in children born with a rare congenital heart defect that leaves them with half a heart. The Phase I... Read More
Published on February 2, 2018
PaulViviano_073.jpg Paul S. Viviano will lead initiatives to improve pediatric health care delivery systems at California's dedicated children's hospitals  CHLA President and CEO Paul S. Viviano (Photo credit: Children's Hospital Los Angeles) LOS ANGELES –... Read More
Published on February 1, 2018
Michael  Pulsipher, MD, CHLA3.jpg Detailed analysis of patient data now available Results of the global, multicenter, pivotal phase 2 study that led to the first FDA approval of a gene therapy/cell therapy approach known as CAR T-cell therapy, were published on January 31 in the New England Journal of... Read More
Published on January 24, 2018
chla-bilingual-acquisition.jpg I am lucky enough to have been raised Spanish-English bilingual in Los Angeles, a city in which greater than 50 percent of the population speaks a language other than English. Current estimates indicate that the number of people whose first language is not English will continue... Read More
Published on January 12, 2018
chla-henri-ford-10-things-header.jpg Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FRCS, FAAP: The Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Haitian-born medical maven who has dedicated his life to not only helping the many kids that walk through CHLA's doors, but also the children and... Read More
Published on January 5, 2018
chla-central-line-tips.jpg As a Family Resource Center nurse, I have learned a lot from my families about living with central venous catheters (CVCs), also known as “lines.” I worked with a group of specialists that included a central line specialist, a Child Life specialist, a social worker, an... Read More
Published on January 5, 2018
chla-nail-biting-tips.jpg I can tell you the exact moment my son Alexander became a nail biter. He was 5 years old, watching his mom get dressed for work. I could see at the time Alexander place his finger in his mouth and chew on his nail. He never stopped; it was embarrassing for him, he learned to... Read More
Published on January 4, 2018
chla-power-mobility.jpg What is power mobility? Independent mobility is essential for cognitive and psychological development for children of all ages and abilities. For some children with disabilities, power wheelchairs are the only way they can achieve this independence. They can be used for... Read More