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Foundation honors CHD patient Noah Bella Michaelis with gift  to UCLA

May 23, 2019

Foundation honors CHD patient Noah Bella Michaelis with gift to UCLA

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Noah Bella Michaelis spent 13 years living with health challenges from being born with complex congenital heart defects (CHD) and heterotaxy syndrome. The syndrome involves an abnormal arrangement of internal organs in the chest and abdomen. On January 3, 2017, Noah succumbed to a life-threatening condition she developed, known as plastic bronchitis. “Noah was unlike […]

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Tags: cardiology, Daniel Levi MD, featured, heart, noah michelis, pediatric cardiology, pediatric lymphatic program, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


May 15, 2019

How to Get Relief from Childhood Headaches

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Headaches are one of the most common complaints in children and adolescents. By age 18, 90 percent of kids have experienced a headache. Before age 12, the incidence of headaches is equal among boys and girls. But after age 12, headaches are more common in girls. What Causes Headaches in Kids? There are two types […]

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Tags: headaches in children, migrane, pain relief, tension headache, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Stay safe: What you need to know about measles outbreaks

April 30, 2019

Stay safe: What you need to know about measles outbreaks

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Los Angeles is the latest metropolitan area affected by a measles outbreak — the L.A. County Department of Public Health is investigating five cases. Below are answers to commonly asked questions to help you better understand measles, and more importantly, whether you or loved ones are at risk: What is measles? Measles is a very […]

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Tags: measles, measles outbreak, measles vaccine, vaccination


A Day in the Life: Child Life Specialists in the Operating Room

March 28, 2019

A Day in the Life: Child Life Specialists in the Operating Room

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While no day is ever the same, today will be an extra-busy day for Karleen Wray, Child Life Specialist II at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital / Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Early arrival is typical for Karleen. Her commute, a quick 20 minutes, but with a 5:30 am start time, traffic is barely a concern—a […]

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Tags: Chase Child Life Program, Child Life Month, child life specialist, featured, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Supporting LGBTQ youths

March 11, 2019

Supporting LGBTQ youths

By uclahealth uclahealth

For LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer) youths, supportive environments are the best buffers against stressors. The support of family members is especially protective — being valued by family members helps kids learn to value and care for themselves. But rejection by family members is a known contributor to poor mental health. Negative health […]

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Tags: bisexual, gay, gender expression, lesbian, LGBTQ, queer, transgender, UCLA Health EMPWR Program


10 tips for raising healthy eaters

March 10, 2019

10 tips for raising healthy eaters

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A healthy diet includes a variety of nutritious foods. Proper nutrition is especially important for children because it supports the rapid physical growth and brain development occurring throughout childhood. Benefits of eating healthy The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that nutrition and health are closely linked. Poor nutrition and lower levels of physical activity […]

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Tags: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, eating habits, healthy eating, healthy foods, healthy snacks, nutrition, obesity, vegetables


Eating disorders in adolescents are on the rise: here's how to spot them

March 8, 2019

Eating disorders in adolescents are on the rise: here’s how to spot them

By uclahealth uclahealth

Eating disorders can affect every age, gender, race and socioeconomic group. In youths and young adults, the incidence of eating disorders is more than 5 percent for females and 1 percent for males. You can’t tell from looking at someone that they have an eating disorder. It is important to pay attention to the subtle […]

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Tags: anorexia nervosa, ARFID, Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, binge eating, binge eating disorder, brain health, bulimia nervosa, digestive health, eating disorders, heart health, nutrition, pre-teen


Dr. Satou, UCLA Excited about the future of the Heart

February 23, 2019

Dr. Satou, UCLA Excited about the future of the Heart

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Dr. Gary Satou was born for pediatric cardiology and it did not take him long to find out. As the son of a physician, he knew it was only a matter of time before he entered the vast world of medicine. “I was in high school and I saw a PBS special on the pioneers […]

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Tags: cardiology, featured, pediatric cardiology, pediatrics


February 12, 2019

Is extreme morning sickness linked to autism?

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Hyperemesis gravidarum is a serious condition that causes extreme nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and affects about two percent of pregnant women. Although it is commonly called extreme morning sickness, the symptoms can attack women anytime of the day or night. In some cases, the woman must be hospitalized for treatment with intravenous fluids or […]

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4 things to know about raising heart-healthy kids

February 4, 2019

4 things to know about raising heart-healthy kids

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February is American Heart Month ‒ the perfect time to prioritize heart health for your entire family, says Sheena Kamra, MD, a pediatrician at the UCLA Health Torrance – Pediatrics office. When it comes to raising heart-healthy kids, she says there are a few things parents should know: 1. Most children are born with healthy […]

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Tags: American Heart Association, American Heart Month, Dr. Sheena Kamra, heart health, pediatrics, The Checkup, Torrance, Torrance pediatrics