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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: 22-Jun-2020 3:15 PM EDT
Talking With Children About Race and Racism—an Age-by-Age Guide
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Talking to children about racism can be daunting. How much should you discuss? How young is too young? What if you don’t have all the answers? Pediatrician and health policy researcher Ashaunta Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS, FAAP, is a Fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics who has served as a member of organization’s Task Force on Addressing Bias and Discrimination. She says it’s never too early to talk to kids about race.

Released: 18-Jun-2020 7:05 AM EDT
Should You Take Your Child to the Emergency Room, Urgent Care—or Call the Doctor?
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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.

Newswise: Children's Hospital Los Angeles Ranked No. 1 Children's Hospital in the Western U.S., No. 5 Nationally for Second Straight Year
16-Jun-2020 12:05 AM EDT
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Ranked No. 1 Children's Hospital in the Western U.S., No. 5 Nationally for Second Straight Year
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) ranks again among the nation’s premier destinations for pediatric care, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals annual list released today. Hospital retains national No. 5 ranking and is highest scoring children's hospital in Western United States.

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: 20-May-2020 2:10 PM EDT
How to Help Your Teen During COVID-19
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Teens are missing out on once-in-a-lifetime milestones like prom and graduation. Our expert offers advice on how to help teens cope with their sadness and grief.

Newswise: How Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Is Keeping Families Safe During COVID-19
Released: 19-May-2020 9:00 AM EDT
How Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Is Keeping Families Safe During COVID-19
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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has launched extensive protective measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and keep patients, families and team members safe. With these measures firmly in place, the hospital is encouraging families not to delay needed care for their children.

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.

Newswise: How to Talk to Children about Death During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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.”

Newswise: Dr. Maurice O’Gorman to Speak on AAAS Webinar about Immune System Monitoring to Combat COVID-19
Released: 28-Apr-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Dr. Maurice O’Gorman to Speak on AAAS Webinar about Immune System Monitoring to Combat COVID-19
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. O’Gorman, Chief of Laboratory Medicine at CHLA and Professor of Pathology and Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, is an expert in immune monitoring and flow cytometry assays for the assessment of immune dysfunction. During this webinar, Dr. O’Gorman will discuss early results from labs around the world that have begun measuring CD4 and CD8 T-cell levels in peripheral blood as potential biomarkers for the prognosis of patients with COVID-19.

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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
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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: 8-Apr-2020 1:15 PM EDT
COVID-19 Testing: What Parents Need to Know
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Who should be tested for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19? And what do the different types of tests actually measure? Jeffrey Bender, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, gives the latest update and explains what parents need to know.

Newswise: Component of Human Breast Milk Enhances Cognitive Development in Babies
Released: 18-Feb-2020 10:45 AM EST
Component of Human Breast Milk Enhances Cognitive Development in Babies
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Maternal factors, such as breast milk, have been shown to affect a baby’s development, and previous animal studies have determined that a carbohydrate, the oligosaccharide 2’FL found in maternal milk, positively influences neurodevelopment.

Newswise: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles President Paul S. Viviano Chosen for a 2020 Cardinal’s Award by Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Released: 21-Jan-2020 1:50 PM EST
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles President Paul S. Viviano Chosen for a 2020 Cardinal’s Award by Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles President and Chief Executive Officer Paul S. Viviano is being honored with the 2020 Cardinal’s Award by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Recognized for his distinguished leadership in the healthcare industry, for his advocacy on behalf of children’s healthcare issues and for embodying Catholic values in his outstanding contributions to the community, Viviano is one of six lay leaders who will be celebrated by the Archdiocese at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 29, 2020.

Newswise: Risk of Lead Exposure Linked to Decreased Brain Volume in Adolescents
Released: 13-Jan-2020 12:20 PM EST
Risk of Lead Exposure Linked to Decreased Brain Volume in Adolescents
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

In a study using brain scans from nearly 10 thousand adolescents across the country, investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles show that risk of lead exposure is associated with altered brain anatomy and cognitive deficits in children from low income families.

Released: 21-Oct-2019 2:00 PM EDT
The Innovation Studio at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Announces Winners of Digital Health Lab Demo Day
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The Innovation Studio at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) announced the winners of its first ever Digital Health Lab Demo Day, the culmination of a six-month venture to develop, incubate and implement virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mobile gaming solutions to improve care for pediatric patients and providers in the pediatric healthcare space.

Newswise: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles receives LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation for second straight year
Released: 14-Oct-2019 6:05 AM EDT
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles receives LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation for second straight year
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For the second year in a row, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has received top marks from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which evaluates health care facilities around the United States on their LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices. For achieving the highest possible HEI score of 100, CHLA has been honored with the organization's LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation.

Released: 17-Sep-2019 8:00 AM EDT
First Positive Results in 45 Years: Rhabdomyosarcoma Randomized Clinical Trial Led by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

A randomized clinical trial led at Children's Hospital Los Angeles by Leo Mascarenhas, MD, MS, showed first positive results in rhabdomyosarcoma since 1974.

Released: 19-Aug-2019 1:35 PM EDT
Do You Know How Heavy Your Child's Backpack Is?
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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)
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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.

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Released: 12-Jul-2019 5:05 AM EDT
Gene Replacement Surgery Restoring Vision for Children and Adults Born with Retinal Degeneration
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

More than a year after becoming one of the first medical institutions nationally to complete a revolutionary gene replacement surgery to restore vision in patients with retinal degeneration, surgeons at the of The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have successfully completed the procedure on 14 patients.

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

Newswise: Neurodevelopment of 2-Month-Old Infants Shows Effect of Maternal Stress
Released: 26-Apr-2019 4:40 PM EDT
Neurodevelopment of 2-Month-Old Infants Shows Effect of Maternal Stress
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A study of 70 mothers and their infants suggests that the impact of maternal stress on neurodevelopment is detectable by electroencephalography (EEG) at 2 months of age.

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Released: 28-Feb-2019 8:00 AM EST
A Pioneering Transplant Turns a Baby’s Heart Around (Literally)
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) recently performed its first dextrocardia heart transplant. The child, known as Baby Ruben, was born with dextrocardia and complex heterotaxy syndrome—including a single ventricle and discontinuous pulmonary arteries, along with other defects. The child received a heart transplant at CHLA at 2 years of age.

Newswise: Cue-Based Feeding: How to Facilitate Positive Opportunities for Breast and Bottle Feeding
Released: 21-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
Cue-Based Feeding: How to Facilitate Positive Opportunities for Breast and Bottle Feeding
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Cue-based feeding is a broad term to describe a process by which parents and medical providers can successfully attend to developmental cues to promote optimal feeding opportunities. It is also referred to as infant-led or demand feeding. This approach may be used to heighten the quality of a baby’s feed through use of a developmentally supportive model to improve the caregiver-infant relationship during the transition to full oral feeds. When the focus of a feed is led by volume expectations, negative consequences may ensue—such as disinterest, oral aversion and reduced quality of feed—that may compromise safety of swallow.

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Released: 7-Feb-2019 9:00 AM EST
How Parents Can Help Teens Navigate Social Media
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Social media is a major source of stress for teens and parents sometimes feel like they are competing with smartphones to get their attention. But Dr. Arora says that families can benefit by installing guard rails around their kids' social media behavior.

Released: 14-Nov-2018 3:30 PM EST
Helping 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.

Newswise: Tips for Parents of Children with Asthma from Ronald Ferdman, MD, pediatric allergist-immunologist
Released: 13-Sep-2018 9:00 AM EDT
Tips for Parents of Children with Asthma from Ronald Ferdman, MD, pediatric allergist-immunologist
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Ronald Ferdman, MD, pediatric allergist-immunologist, offers eight tips for parents to help them manage the care of their child with asthma

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Released: 5-Sep-2018 7:05 PM EDT
Back on Track
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Doctors do the darndest things. Take the one who walked right up to Dan Thomas, MD, at a lecture, got into the ready position, and proceeded to perform several squats as Thomas watched, puzzled.

Released: 27-Jun-2018 3:25 PM EDT
Expert Provides Tips on How to Help Children Handle Scary News
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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: 25-Jun-2018 7:05 PM EDT
Honor Roll… On a Roll! Children's Hospital Los Angeles Again Ranks No. 1 Children's Hospital in the West, No. 6 in the U.S.
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For the second straight year, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has been named the top pediatric hospital in the western United States and No. 6 nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals rankings announced today. CHLA also was named to U.S. News' Honor Roll of Best Children's Hospitals for the 10th consecutive year.

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
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

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
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles occupational therapist Jamie Sakamoto breaks down growing pains, the most common cause of musculoskeletal pain in children

Newswise: Billy Becerra and the Unbearable Lightness of Grieving
Released: 31-May-2018 4:05 AM EDT
Billy Becerra and the Unbearable Lightness of Grieving
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

In his son's memory, Billy Becerra and his family will participate in the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Walk & Play L.A. event on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Released: 30-May-2018 9:00 AM EDT
Teaching Your Baby Signs Can Help With Early Language Skills
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

CHLA Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist Susan Silbert, MS, CCP-SLC, provides tips on how you can help young children benefit from simple American Sign Language gestures that can help them communicate—even before they use verbal words.

Newswise: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Announces First-Ever Chief Innovation Officer
Released: 30-Apr-2018 6:05 PM EDT
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Announces First-Ever Chief Innovation Officer
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Omkar P. Kulkarni is joining Children's Hospital Los Angeles as the hospital's first chief innovation officer. In his role, Kulkarni will be responsible for fostering innovation across CHLA's clinical and research enterprises – including finding successful new methods of care, incubating new medical tools and software, and rallying communities in and out of the hospital to solve problems in the field of pediatrics.

Newswise: Removing the Enablers
Released: 24-Apr-2018 3:55 PM EDT
Removing the Enablers
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Investigators at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provide preclinical evidence that the presence of tumor-associated macrophages—a type of immune cell—can negatively affect the response to chemotherapy against neuroblastoma.

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Make March Matter™ Campaign Raises $2 Million
Released: 24-Apr-2018 7:00 AM EDT
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Third Annual Make March Matter™ Campaign Raises $2 Million
Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The third annual Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Make March Matter fundraising campaign raised $2 million dollars, the hospital announced Tuesday. The campaign doubled its $1 million fundraising goal thanks to partnerships with 95 businesses in Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley who rallied community participation to give in support of critical, lifesaving care for children in Los Angeles.

Released: 19-Apr-2018 5:05 PM EDT
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Physicians Honored in Los Angeles Magazine's Inaugural "Top Doctors" Issue
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Los Angeles magazine released its inaugural “Top Doctors” issue, honoring 140 physicians who are members of the CHLA Medical Group and affiliated with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Released: 20-Mar-2018 1:05 PM EDT
Surgeons at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Treat the Hospital’s First Patient with Gene Therapy
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Surgeons at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles treat the hospital’s first patient with gene therapy


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