Pediatrics

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


'We Don't Feel Alone'

June 24, 2019

‘We Don’t Feel Alone’

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“We love coming back to see everybody who took care of Rose,” says Melody Curtis, mother to five-year-old Rose Curtis, who is enjoying the NICU Reunion. “At 14 weeks Rose was diagnosed with something called an omphalocele, which means her spleen, stomach and intestines were outside her abdominal wall when she was born. She was […]

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Tags: featured, NICU, NICU nurses, NICU Reunion, omphalocele, patient story, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatrics


An extended family trusts one physician for primary care

June 17, 2019

An extended family trusts one physician for primary care

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Gideon and Tara Blumstein both work in medicine: he is a surgical resident in orthopaedics at UCLA, and she is an occupational therapist at USC. Perhaps because of their careers, they understand the importance of having a relationship with their primary care physician, who serves as the leader of their health care team. When they […]

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Tags: Dr. Nathan Samras, featured, internal medicine, pediatrics, primary care, The Checkup, UCLA Health Beverly Hills


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


Parents Creating Peace

May 13, 2019

Parents Creating Peace

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“We’re parents who came together to support each other and to look at how the next generation can benefit from the hospital,” says Monique Rosenthal, a member of the Parent Association Council at UCLA Health. “My daughter is a patient under the care of Neurology and Immunology for a rare autoimmune disorder. We come once […]

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Tags: featured, infusion center, Parent Association Counci, patient story, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, pediatric neurology, rare autoimmune disorder, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


No Place Like Home: Mother and Daughter Share the Miracle of Organ Transplantation

May 10, 2019

No Place Like Home: Mother and Daughter Share the Miracle of Organ Transplantation

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After their life-saving liver transplants mother and daughter are happy to be home. As Mother’s Day neared, Georgina Barba wasn’t making any provisions. “I don’t really plan anymore, because then something ends up happening,” says the 36-year-old Carson, California, mother of three. “The main thing is that we will all be home.” Mother’s Days, Father’s […]

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Tags: featured, liver transplant, pediatrics, transplant


Volunteering for U: 40 Years and Counting

April 11, 2019

Volunteering for U: 40 Years and Counting

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“Volunteering here was life-changing for me,” says Jan Garber, who volunteered at UCLA Health 40 years ago. “I volunteered when I was 17 with a brand new program, Child Activity. It was a new concept in hospitalization for children. I now volunteer in the Child Life Program. I don’t remember as many long-term patients from […]

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Tags: featured, pediatrics, UCLA Health Volunteer


Couple Caring in Child Life

April 7, 2019

Couple Caring in Child Life

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“If you have one good connection that lasts five minutes in a shift, it’s worth the three hours and rest of the week until you can come back again,” says Andrew Hersh, a child life volunteer at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Also a volunteer, Syd Hersh adds, “We volunteer on the same day. I have […]

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Tags: child life, National Volunteer Week, pediatrics, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, volunteer services


It's All Good

April 5, 2019

It’s All Good

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“I’d let other kids know that you’re going to have good days and you’re going to have bad days, but every day is worth it,” says 13-year-old Osker Gamboa, who received a heart transplant three years ago at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. “When I was diagnosed with a heart murmur they said I needed a […]

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Tags: featured, heart murmur, heart transplant, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital