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Released: 29-Jul-2020 1:55 PM EDT
Sunscreen Tips for Parents
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With so many sunscreens out there, how do you know which one is effective—and safe—for your child? Dr. Minnelly Lu, pediatric dermatologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, shares the latest advice.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
What Parents Should Know about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)
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MIS-C stands for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. Formerly called pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome, or PIMS, it describes a new health condition seen in children who have been infected with novel coronavirus, recovered from it and later have an immune response that results in symptoms of significant levels of inflammation in organ systems. MIS-C is similar in some ways to other inflammatory conditions like Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Children who have MIS-C generally did not have obvious symptoms when they were infected with novel coronavirus, like cough, and generally were healthy prior to developing MIS-C.

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Released: 29-Jun-2020 8:05 AM EDT
What Is Kawasaki Disease?
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Kawasaki disease, sometimes called Kawasaki syndrome, is a serious inflammation of the blood vessels which affects young children, often under 5 years of age. Marked by fever, swelling and other symptoms, it can lead to coronary artery aneurysms in approximately 25% of cases if untreated.

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Released: 26-Jun-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Top Summer Safety Tips for Children
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Children's Hospital Los Angeles offers summer safety tips for children and families so they can enjoy summer activities in a safe and healthy manner

Released: 18-Jun-2020 7:05 AM EDT
Should You Take Your Child to the Emergency Room, Urgent Care—or Call the Doctor?
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

As a parent, your number one goal is keeping your child safe and healthy. When is it time to head to the emergency department (ED)—and when is it best to call your child’s doctor, or go to an urgent care center?

Released: 17-Jun-2020 9:05 AM EDT
The Do's and Don'ts of Face Masks
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Face masks are an important part of staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But not all masks are created equal. And if you don’t wear and handle your mask properly, it won’t protect you or others around you. So which masks work—and which don’t? And how do you safely wear one? Marisa Glucoft, MPH, CIC, Director of Accreditation and Licensing, Infection Prevention and Emergency Management at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, shares what you need to know.

Released: 15-Jun-2020 8:10 AM EDT
Don’t Let COVID-19 Keep You From Your Child’s Doctor Appointment
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Parents have been wondering whether they should keep their child’s health care appointments during the coronavirus crisis. Pediatrician Mona Patel, MD, has a simple answer: Yes. Don't delay your child's healthcare.

Released: 14-May-2020 7:35 AM EDT
Experts Discuss Pediatric Inflammatory Multi-System Syndrome and its Potential Connection to COVID-19 in Pediatric Patients with Kawasaki Disease
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Experts Discuss Pediatric Inflammatory Multi-System Syndrome and its Potential Connection to COVID-19 in Pediatric Patients with Kawasaki Disease. Physicians urge community pediatricians and emergency room physicians to be on the lookout for children with prolonged fevers displaying several other symptoms - including rash, red cracked lips, or red tongue and red eyes, among others.

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Released: 28-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
How to Talk to Children about Death During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

As the COVID-19 death toll in the United States climbs, parents and caregivers need to shy away from their protective instincts and prepare themselves for some open and candid conversations with grieving children about death. “For children to cope, adults need to help them understand that death is permanent and irreversible,” says David Schonfeld, MD, Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “They need simple and straightforward answers, and an opportunity to share their feelings.”

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Released: 27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
How Parents Can Tend to Kids’ Emotional Health in the Age of Coronavirus
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The coronavirus pandemic has upended daily life. With schools closed, parents working at home, or suddenly unemployed, and many people under “stay at home” directives, the cadence of people’s routines have been disrupted. As the coronavirus spreads, people are understandably anxious; so how should adults caring for children tend to kids’ emotional health during such unprecedented times?

Released: 19-Aug-2019 1:35 PM EDT
Do You Know How Heavy Your Child's Backpack Is?
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Backpacks that are too heavy can cause pain, lead to serious injury and affect posture. Children can end up with injuries in their joints, back/spine, muscles, neck and shoulders from backpacks that are too heavy.

Released: 12-Aug-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Back-to-School Tips for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
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Back-to-School Tips for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

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Released: 1-Aug-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Back to School Tips for Parents
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Back to school tips for parents include meeting with teachers early and kids making friends sooner rather than later when they start a new school.

Newswise: “Keyhole” Surgery Repairs Spina Bifida In Utero
Released: 17-Jun-2019 12:05 PM EDT
“Keyhole” Surgery Repairs Spina Bifida In Utero
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Multi-institution collaboration is the first in the western U.S. to perform completely laparoscopic repair of open spina bifida

Released: 27-Jun-2018 3:25 PM EDT
Expert Provides Tips on How to Help Children Handle Scary News
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

When tragic or violent events occur, parents may wonder about how to help their kids understand the graphic images and emotional video footage that they may see. Stephanie Marcy, PhD, psychologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles suggests a few guidelines to keep in mind so parents can be better equipped to help their children handle scary news.

Released: 20-Jun-2018 1:45 PM EDT
Experts Provide Tips on Keeping the Whole Family Safe and Sound in the Event of a Wildfire
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Two Children's Hospital Los Angeles experts - pulmonologist Shirleen Loloyan Kohn, MD, and psychologist Stephanie Marcy, PhD, provide tips on keeping the whole family safe and sound in the event of a wildfire.

Released: 13-Jun-2018 4:45 PM EDT
Growing Pains
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Children's Hospital Los Angeles occupational therapist Jamie Sakamoto breaks down growing pains, the most common cause of musculoskeletal pain in children

Newswise: Expert from the Largest Pediatric Craniofacial Program in the U.S.  Raises Awareness of Young Patients with Facial Differences and Syndromes Like Treacher Collins
Released: 20-Nov-2017 8:05 AM EST
Expert from the Largest Pediatric Craniofacial Program in the U.S. Raises Awareness of Young Patients with Facial Differences and Syndromes Like Treacher Collins
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the largest craniofacial program for children in the country and is directed by Mark Urata, MD, DDS, chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at CHLA. He comments on Treacher Collins Syndrome and other facial differences brought to light in the new movie, "Wonder."

Newswise: The Link Between Unhappiness and Smartphone Usage with Kids
Released: 16-Aug-2017 12:05 PM EDT
The Link Between Unhappiness and Smartphone Usage with Kids
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Recent research has shown a direct correlation between excessive smartphone usage and unhappiness with kids and teens. Children's Hospital Los Angeles psychologist Stephanie Marcy discusses the issue and provides tips for parents on how to manage their kids' device activity.

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Released: 23-Mar-2017 9:05 PM EDT
Five Ways to Protect Your Child From Household Poisons
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More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to poison centers across the United States, and half those calls involve children under 6. As part of National Poison Prevention Week CHLA pediatric medical toxicologist Cyrus Rangan, M.D. shares tips for preventing poisoning in the home.

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Released: 24-Feb-2017 5:05 PM EST
Winter Injury Safety: It's Not Just About Skiing and Snowboarding
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Every year, thousands of children in the U.S. are injured in winter-related activities, regardless of whether they live in warm or cold climates.

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Released: 29-Dec-2016 7:05 PM EST
300… and Counting! Children's Hospital Los Angeles Performs Milestone Liver Transplant
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Children's Hospital Los Angeles performs milestone 300th pediatric liver transplant when father donates tissue to son; family also gets a visit from CHLA's first-ever living donor liver patient.

Newswise: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Expert Available to Speak on Sudden Acute Flaccid Myelitis Spike
Released: 10-Nov-2016 2:05 PM EST
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Expert Available to Speak on Sudden Acute Flaccid Myelitis Spike
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A rare neurological disease has recently taken center stage in the United States. Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the cause of eight hospitalizations in the Seattle-area alone, all of which involved children with polio-like symptoms. As of September 2016, 89 people in 33 states were confirmed to have AFM, with the CDC expressing concern about the sharp spike in cases in recent months.

Newswise: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Specialists Offer Top Five Back to School Tips for Parents and Kids
Released: 9-Aug-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Specialists Offer Top Five Back to School Tips for Parents and Kids
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With a little advance planning, going back to school can be a fun and exciting adventure for kids and parents. The specialists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have put together their top five tips to ensure parents and kids transition smoothly from summer vacation to the new school year.

Released: 22-Jun-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Concussion Expert Available to Speak on Kids and Concussions Study
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Tracy Zaslow, MD, is the director of the Sports Concussion Program and medical director of the Sports Medicine Program. She is Board-Certified in pediatrics, and also fellowship-trained, with board certification in sports medicine. Her clinical interests include a spectrum of orthopaedic and medical conditions affecting young athletes, including sports-related concussion, overuse injuries and injury prevention.

Newswise: Concussion Expert Tracy Zaslow, MD, Available for Interviews
Released: 23-Dec-2015 10:45 AM EST
Concussion Expert Tracy Zaslow, MD, Available for Interviews
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Tracy Zaslow, MD, is the director of the Sports Concussion Program and medical director of of the Sports Medicine Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She is Board-Certified in pediatrics, and also fellowship-trained, with board certification in sports medicine. Her clinical interests include a spectrum of orthopaedic and medical conditions affecting young athletes, including sports-related concussion, overuse injuries and injury prevention. Dr. Zaslow, a team physician for the L.A. Galaxy soccer team, understands the goals and challenges faced by young athletes because, like her patients, she grew up playing sports and still remains active in tennis, volleyball, running, hiking, yoga and skiing.

Newswise: Parents and Kids: Managing the Anxieties and Emotions of Back to School
Released: 13-Aug-2015 1:05 PM EDT
Parents and Kids: Managing the Anxieties and Emotions of Back to School
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Dr. Marcy’s focus is on the emotional aspects of the new school year — the stress it causes for kids and parents. She has a model called The Six Rs of Returning to School: Rest, Routine, Responsibility, Reassure, Resist and Role Modeling. She talks about how to help children with the sudden overwhelm of transitioning from summer fun and later nights to resuming long days in the classroom and doing nightly homework. She is also an expert on kids’ socialization issues, like bullying (how parents should manage if their kid is the victim or if their kid is the bully), dealing with new teachers, adjusting to a new school.

Newswise: James Stein, MD, Veteran of Six Conjoined Twin Separation Surgeries, Answers 10 Questions About Rare Procedure Performed on Six-Month-Old Conjoined Sisters in Haiti
Released: 10-Jun-2015 9:00 AM EDT
James Stein, MD, Veteran of Six Conjoined Twin Separation Surgeries, Answers 10 Questions About Rare Procedure Performed on Six-Month-Old Conjoined Sisters in Haiti
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On Friday, May 22, an 18-member team of physicians and nurses from Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) led an international collaboration to separate a pair of six-month-old conjoined Haitian twins, the first such operation ever performed on Haitian soil. James Stein, associate chief of surgery at Children's Hospital, was lead surgeon during the rare medical procedure.

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Released: 24-Apr-2015 9:00 AM EDT
The Transyouth Center for Health and Development Offers Services For Young People Dealing with Gender Identity Issues
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Here at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, transgender issues are not new. Our Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine has been supporting the health of transgender youth for nearly 20 years. While many are becoming more familiar with the subject now, there is still great opportunity to advance understanding in the community. In this post, Johanna Olson, MD, medical director of the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at CHLA, gives answers to questions that many are asking, including what the term ‘transgender’ means, what the transition process includes, and services that are available for transyouth.

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Released: 22-Apr-2015 12:05 PM EDT
Transgender Adults Start as Transgender Kids
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Johanna Olson, MD, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she directs the Center for Transyouth Health and Development. In an effort to increase knowledge about the transgender experience, Olson frequently speaks to media on the topic.

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Released: 2-Apr-2015 9:00 AM EDT
What Can Parents Do To Prevent the Further Spread of the Measles?
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Michael Neely, MD, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, helps explain the facts about measles, and how parents can prevent further outbreak. MD, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, helps explain the facts about measles, how parents can prevent further outbreak, and what CHLA can do to help prevent infection and to treat those who have already been infected.

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Released: 28-Jan-2015 4:00 PM EST
3D Printing Makes Heart Surgery Safer for Children
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Richard Kim, MD, a cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, recently used a 3D printed heart as a model to plan a life-saving procedure for his young patient, Esther Perez.

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Released: 17-Dec-2014 1:00 PM EST
The Flu Vaccine: It's Not Too Late and Yes, It's Necessary
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Children's Hospital Los Angeles infectious diseases specialist Pia Pannaraj, MD, discusses the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine and why opting out should not be an option.

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Released: 1-Dec-2014 8:00 AM EST
How To Detect Infant and Toddler Injuries
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Bianca Edison, MD, MS is an attending physician in the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Here she reviews common infant and toddler injuries, and how parents can determine if emergency medical care is needed.

Newswise: What Happens When a Child’s Stomachache Won’t Go Away?
Released: 3-Nov-2014 8:00 AM EST
What Happens When a Child’s Stomachache Won’t Go Away?
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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 stomach troubles—including pain and constipation or diarrhea—don’t go away?

Newswise: When it Comes to Plastic Surgery for Children, Earlier is Better
Released: 27-Oct-2014 8:00 AM EDT
When it Comes to Plastic Surgery for Children, Earlier is Better
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Mark Urata, MD, chief, Division of Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as well as chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, discusses the future of pediatric cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

Newswise: After Heart Ailments, Urological Issues are the Most Common Conditions for Newborns, and Those Ailments Affect Girls More Than Boys
Released: 20-Oct-2014 8:00 AM EDT
After Heart Ailments, Urological Issues are the Most Common Conditions for Newborns, and Those Ailments Affect Girls More Than Boys
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Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) physician Roger E. De Filippo, MD, chief of CHLA's Division of Urology and 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 parental care can lead to improved pediatric urological health.


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