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More Active, More Capable

September 10, 2019

More Active, More Capable

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“I feel like I’m more active now,” reflects Mia McKinley, a 9th-grader at Culver City High School, which partners with UCLA Health for the Sound Body Sound Mind Program. “I ran track in 7th grade but took a break in 8th grade. I was out of shape, and I knew this would push me to […]

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Tags: featured, healthy living, high school gym, UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind


Mickey and Minnie Surprise Headliner for a Fun-Filled Afternoon at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

September 4, 2019

Mickey and Minnie Surprise Headliner for a Fun-Filled Afternoon at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

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As part of its Disney Team of Heroes initiative, Disney teamed up with Mattel, Inc. for an afternoon that started with a screening of Toy Story 4, a toy giveaway and the biggest surprise of all, a meet-and-greet with Mickey and Minnie!

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Tags: featured, pediatrics, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Grime-Fighting Superheroes Make Surprise Visit to UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

August 28, 2019

Grime-Fighting Superheroes Make Surprise Visit to UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

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It was a special day of “grime fighting” at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, as our pediatric patients oohed and awed as prized superheroes washed windows while descending from the hospital’s rooftop. Once the caped crusaders conquered their grimy foes, young patients and their families greeted them and posed for photos on the Chase Child Life […]

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Tags: featured, pediatrics, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Appointments and Treatments of a Different Kind for Patients and Families at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital

August 28, 2019

Appointments and Treatments of a Different Kind for Patients and Families at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

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UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital patients were treated to a grand-slam spa experience in the first-ever BeYOUtiful Day, hosted by the BeYOUtiful Foundation. Our patients and their families received a number of spa services including haircuts, hair stylings, wig-fittings, nail services, make-up, and more. The five-star experiences were executed by celebrity stylists – including star athletes from […]

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Tags: dodgers, featured, pediatrics, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger Win One for Our Kids!

August 23, 2019

Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger Win One for Our Kids!

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Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger became paddle-masters at the 7th annual PingPong4Purpose, put on by the Kershaw Foundation, dedicated to raising money for important philanthropic causes in Los Angeles and abroad. The team celebrity rosters included the likes of Grammy Award-winning country music artist Brad Paisley, actor Haley Joel Osment, actor and UCLA alumni Jaleel […]

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Tags: featured, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


How do you choose the right pediatric specialist?

August 9, 2019

How do you choose the right pediatric specialist?

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Choosing a qualified pediatrician or family physician is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your child. But if your child has a chronic medical condition, developmental delays or serious injury, you may need a pediatric specialist to be part of their health care team in addition to their primary care doctor. Pediatric […]

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Tags: pediatric specialist, pediatrician


Tips to prevent drowning in children and teens

August 7, 2019

Tips to prevent drowning in children and teens

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Drowning takes the lives of close to 1,000 children every year. It is the leading cause of injury-related death among children aged 1 to 4. Adolescents aged 15 to 19 have the second-highest drowning rates, likely because they can be overconfident in their swimming skills and may use alcohol while swimming. The American Academy of […]

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Tags: Drowning prevention, UCLA General Pediatrics, water safety


Vaping: Why Parents Should Be Concerned

July 16, 2019

Vaping: Why Parents Should Be Concerned

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In 2003 the e-cigarette (e-cigs or vape) was invented. E-cigs use a lithium battery (or another power source) to heat a liquid that contains flavors and nicotine. The heat creates a cloud of vapor that looks like smoke, which the user inhales from the mouthpiece. Use of e-cigarettes is a gateway to tobacco use Studies […]

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Tags: e-cigarette, e-cigs, tobacco products, vape


Benefits of Outdoor Play for Children

July 11, 2019

Benefits of Outdoor Play for Children

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children need physical activity to promote healthy growth and development. Playing outdoors fosters higher levels of physical activity than indoor play, which is vital for kids since childhood obesity rates are on the rise. Unfortunately, the average child spends less than 30 minutes of unstructured […]

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Tags: adhd, ADHD Clinic, Anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral health, depression, mental health, physical activity, stress levels, vitamin D


10,000 Reasons to Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

June 25, 2019

10,000 Reasons to Leave Fireworks to the Professionals

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Every year, about 10,000 people are rushed to the emergency department for fireworks injuries. Ophthalmologists – physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care – treat thousands of patients who suffer a range of fireworks-related injuries, from cuts and bruises to damaged corneas, retinas, and ruptured eyeballs. Many people believe that consumer fireworks are safe. But […]

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Tags: eye care, eye injury, fireworks, UCLA Stein Eye and Doheny Eye Institutes, UCLA Stein Eye Institute