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Ask the Doctors - Is it safe to use insect repellant on infants?

August 30, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Is it safe to use insect repellant on infants?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: Is it safe to use an insect repellent with DEET on my 5-month-old? Here in Tennessee, we’re approaching prime mosquito season and we want our little boy to be able to play outside without getting all bitten up. There’s nothing like the thin, high whine of a mosquito to let you know your […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, DEET, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, infants, insect repellant, insects


Ask the Doctors - How does meloxicam ease joint pain?

August 29, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How does meloxicam ease joint pain?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’ve suffered joint pain for years. Being prescribed 15 milligrams of Meloxicam has been wonderful. What are your thoughts on Meloxicam use? Meloxicam (Mobic) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that, like all such drugs, inhibits the formation of the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX). This inhibition leads to a decrease in the production of […]

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Tags: arthritis, Ask the Doctors, diclofenac, Dr. Robert Ashley, joint pain, meloxicam, naproxen, NSAIDs


How childhood friendships boost social, emotional development

August 28, 2018

How childhood friendships boost social, emotional development

By Health Tips for Parents healthtips

Making and maintaining friendships are critical to a child’s social and emotional development. Developing healthy friendships early on can help children maintain positive influences and friendships throughout their lives. Forming friendships. “A friendship is a mutual relationship formed with affection and commitment between people who consider themselves as equals,” according to Fred Frankel, PhD, director […]

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Tags: 10-11 Years, 12-13 Years, 6-7 Years, 8-9 Years, Babies And Children, Beautiful, Beauty, Beauty And Health, Bedding, Care, Casual, Cheerful


Ask the Doctors - Can animals help prevent allergies in kids?

August 28, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Can animals help prevent allergies in kids?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: Neither of my sisters have pets, and all of their kids have allergies. Could the fact that we have dogs, a horse, and a barn cat be the reason that my kids aren’t allergic to anything? How and why allergies develop are complex questions that have long been the subject of study. So […]

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Tags: allergies, Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, pets


Ask the Doctors - How contagious is bacterial meningitis?

August 27, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How contagious is bacterial meningitis?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: One of the schools in my area has been the focus of news reports about a bacterial meningitis case. How contagious is this disease? Bacterial meningitis cases in school-age children, adolescents and college students are predominately caused by two different organisms: Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitides.  Streptococcous causes nearly 50 percent of meningitis […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, bacterial meningitis, Dr. Robert Ashley, meningitis, Neisseria meningitides, Streptocooccus pneumoniae, vaccinations


With new fellows program and research underway, music therapy expands at UCLA

August 9, 2018

With new fellows program and research underway, music therapy expands at UCLA

By Ryan Hatoum rhatoum

A program that provides music therapy for patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital is expanding by adding two music therapy fellows who will assist patients and new research beginning in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) over the course of a year. A $100,000 gift from The Music Man Foundation enabled UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital […]

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Tags: developing infants, infant, infants, music therapist, music therapy, NICU, pediatrics, preemies, premature infants, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Ask the Doctors - Should I worry about my child's exposure to hand-foot-and-mouth disease?

August 3, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I worry about my child’s exposure to hand-foot-and-mouth disease?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: My daughter’s school recently sent home a flyer about potential exposure to hand-foot-and-mouth disease. How worried should I be? Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) is very common. It occurs most often in infants and children less than 7 years of age and is caused by one of 16 types of enterovirus. Outbreaks are more likely […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, blisters, childhood illnesses, Dr. Robert Ashley, enterovirus, Hand food and mouth disease, lymph nodes, meningitis, viral infection, virtal meningitis


August 1, 2018

Vicky’s Music Therapy and Speech Therapy Co-Treat

By Expressive Arts Therapies jennabollardmusic1

Victoria is a 9 year-old girl who loves music and singing along with her favorite pop songs. She was here at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital receiving treatment for intestinal failure and other neighboring diagnosis, and a primary care goal of hers during her stay at the hospital was speech production. Victoria had been followed by […]

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Tags: fine motor skills, music therapy, patient stories, speech production, speech therapy, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Healthy social media use for children and teens

August 1, 2018

Healthy social media use for children and teens

By Health Tips for Parents healthtips

Recent research shows that children between the ages of 8 and 12 spend an average of six hours a day on social media, while teens can spend upwards of nine hours a day on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media platforms. Social media plays an important role in the individual and social development of […]

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Tags: adolescence, cyberbullying, screen time, social media, teasing, teenager, Wireless Technology, Youth Culture


Evangelyn's music therapy and physical therapy co-treat

June 28, 2018

Evangelyn’s music therapy and physical therapy co-treat

By Expressive Arts Therapies jennabollardmusic

Evangelyn is an 8 year old girl who is full of life, creativity and sweetness. She loves music and loves to dance and sing. She has been receiving treatment at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital due to a astrocytoma brain tumor. During treatment, Evangelyn has been receiving physical therapy to help regain some of her motor […]

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Tags: brain tumor, expressive arts therapy, music therapy, patient stories, UCLA Brain Tumor Center, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital