pediatrics

Dear Doctor: My daughter took her kids to the pediatrician the other day for their chickenpox vaccinations. Now, because I had chickenpox as a child, she's after me to get a shingles vaccine. What is shingles, and what's the connection to chickenpox? Dr. Elizabeth Ko [...]
By Ask the Doctors • February 26, 2018
Dear Doctor: My teenage daughter got the HPV shot. Should my son get it as well? Dear Reader: The vaccine against HPV infection was initially created for females under the age of 26 to reduce the risk of cervical cancer. Human [...]
By Ask the Doctors • February 13, 2018
Cancer treatments often come with a trade-off: They beat back the disease, only to leave a host of side effects in its place. Some of those side effects [...]
By Tiare Dunlap • February 9, 2018
The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, was first exposed publicly when pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha held a news conference addressing the alarming levels of lead she [...]
By Ryan Hatoum • January 22, 2018
With candy practically falling from the sky on Halloween, many kids will overindulge on sugary sweets during all the festivities. While that can be part of the fun of the holiday, there are plenty of ways to enjoy candy without overdoing [...]
By Ryan Hatoum • October 31, 2017
An estimated 80 percent of a person's exposure to ultraviolet radiation — most of it from sunlight — occurs before the age of 18. Sunscreen is one of our primary defense mechanisms against ultraviolet radiation, but schools across the [...]
By Ryan Hatoum • August 23, 2017
"I had my first open-heart surgery when I was 2," says Donovan McKinnon, a 13- year-old patient at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Donovan was born with pulmonary atresia, a type of heart disease where [...]
By uclahealth • August 7, 2017
"Care everywhere is our goal at UCLA," says Latreva Zimmons, a clinic supervisor at UCLA Health Pediatrics in West Los Angeles. "Our clinic is just pediatrics. We have five doctors on board, and we see patients from birth all [...]
By uclahealth • July 21, 2017

Music therapy provides a host of health benefits ranging from developmental support for children to stress management

By Ryan Hatoum • June 9, 2017
Developing an understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can help ensure you recognize any signs and symptoms early on in your child. The sooner intervention starts, the more likely it is that your child can live a healthier life. What is autism spectrum disorder? Autism spectrum disorder [...]
By uclahealth • May 4, 2017