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For children with autism, sleep is the essential ingredient in any treatment plan

November 17th, 2017

For children with autism, sleep is the essential ingredient in any treatment plan

By Leigh Hopper leighhopper

When Dr. Shafali Jeste first started seeing children through UCLA’s Developmental Neurogenetics Clinic, she expected most visits to focus on the medical management of epilepsy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, or behavioral challenges. Jeste, a behavioral child neurologist, specializes in children with rare genetic variants and syndromes associated with autism spectrum disorder. Almost half of her patients […]

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Tags: autism, insomnia, neurology, pediatric neurology


October 31st, 2017

Toys from the Heart

By HRHJudy judy12

Vivian Prickett was born with a complex congenital heart defect and spent the first six months of her life in the NICU. At just 10 days old she had open heart surgery.

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Tags: CHD, Children's Heart Center, congenital heart defect, featured, heart, Mark Sklansky MD, patient stories, pediatric cardiology, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


How to discuss difficult news with your child

October 27th, 2017

How to discuss difficult news with your child

By uclahealth uclahealth

When children are exposed to news of violent and tragic events, such as natural disasters or mass shootings, they may start to worry that something similar could happen to them or their loved ones. By openly discussing these events and outlining the family’s emergency preparedness plan, parents can alleviate their child’s concerns and model healthy […]

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Tags: health tips, health tips for parents, meaningful ways to cope, parent modeling, sharing difficult news with children, tragic news, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Dribble for the Cure annual event raises more than $192,000 to combat pediatric cancer

October 25th, 2017

Dribble for the Cure annual event raises more than $192,000 to combat pediatric cancer

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

UCLA’s 10th annual Dribble for the Cure event, a rally generating funds for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer, drew over 1,200 participants and $192,000 — a record on both counts compared to past years. Each year, participants gather on UCLA’s campus and dribble basketballs alongside the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball teams. This […]

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Tags: Dr. Theodore Bruce Moore, Dr. Theodore Moore, dribble for the cure


How to tell if your child has a learning disability

October 8th, 2017

How to tell if your child has a learning disability

By uclahealth uclahealth

Learning disorders affect at least one in 10 children, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Developing an awareness of the more common types of learning disorders and their symptoms can help parents ensure their children receive the help they need as soon as possible. Auditory processing disorder This is a condition […]

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Tags: auditory disorder, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, learning ability, learning disability, learning disorders, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Kids with diabetes can still enjoy Halloween

October 6th, 2017

Kids with diabetes can still enjoy Halloween

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

    It’s October, when summer heat gives way to autumn crispness and kids’ thoughts turn to costumes, candy and the other sweet-tasting goodies of Halloween. There’s one group of children, however, who can’t splurge like most others: those with type 1 and 2 diabetes. The good news is that they don’t have to miss […]

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Tags: blood glucose spikes, candy, candy buyback, childhood diabetes, children with diabetes, diabetes, Dr. Steven Mittelman, Halloween, low-carb snacks, low-sugar snacks, pediatric diabetes, sugar-free candy


Pediatric cancer: What you can do to help children cope

October 3rd, 2017

Pediatric cancer: What you can do to help children cope

By uclahealth uclahealth

A diagnosis of pediatric cancer can be confusing and scary for children and their siblings. Here are some tips from the American Cancer Society on how parents can help kids cope. Supporting children with cancer For little ones up to age 3: Stay with children during tests and distract them with toys. Cuddle them often […]

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Tags: cancer, cancer in children, child life, family support, leukemia, pediatric cancer, UCLA Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


How mindful meditation can help your child

September 27th, 2017

How mindful meditation can help your child

By uclahealth uclahealth

Mindful meditation is a time of quiet contemplation that offers children and adolescents an opportunity to decompress and reflect on their physical, mental and emotional experiences. By refocusing the brain on the present, mindful meditation can help children improve their attention, regulate their emotions and build resiliency. “Mindful meditation allows children to develop a greater […]

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Tags: attention-deficit disorder, FOCUS, health tips, meditation, mental wellbeing, mindful meditation, mindful meditation for children, reflection, regulating emotions, UCLA MARC, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center


Why concussions may impact female athletes differently

September 6th, 2017

Why concussions may impact female athletes differently

By David Olmos davidolmos

Scientists are learning more all the time about the differences between the female and male brain. So it’s perhaps not too surprising to know that athletes of different gender are impacted differently by brain injuries, such as concussions. Mayumi Prins, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is studying […]

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Tags: brain injury, childrens health, concussions, depression, exercise, mental health, Psychological stress, sports injuries, sports medicine, UCLA Brain Research Institute, women's health


Why is your child avoiding school?

August 30th, 2017

Why is your child avoiding school?

By uclahealth uclahealth

Up to 35 percent of school-age children display school-resistant behaviors, which can range from temporary/short-term reluctance to continual avoidance and refusal to go to school. School avoidance and refusal If your child continually begs to stay home or be home schooled, visits the school nurse with vague complaints or asks to be picked up early […]

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Tags: Anxiety, bullying, health tips, isolation, school stress, school-related anxiety, social anxiety, why is your child avoiding school?