By Angela Salazar, RD, CSP, clinical dietitian at CHOC Children’s Everyone loves blueberries! The round little blue fruit ranks only second to the strawberry in popularity. Blueberries are ranked in the U.S. diet as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices and seasonings. And, we all know that antioxidants are
Much has changed in the ways of treating hemophilia – an inherited bleeding disorder in which a patient’s blood does not clot properly – and even more changes are on the horizon, says a CHOC Children’s hematologist. “Within just the last 20 years – one generation – is when we began having factors to treat
If you thought CHOC Children’s first time capsule was a hoot, wait to you see the second one. That’s right! CHOC has made two time capsules in its near 50-year history! Following the completion of construction surrounding what is now known as the hospital’s North Tower in 1993, CHOC staff filled a large tubular trove
Think only grown-ups get migraines? Think again. This painful neurological condition is also common among children. In fact, one in 20 children – or about 8 million children nationwide – experience migraine headaches. While migraines may be very painful, the good news is that kids can take steps to help prevent the ache. Dr. Sharief
Summer is in full swing, and so is the heat! Did you know that melanoma – the most serious type of skin cancer – is one of the most common cancers in young Americans? Further, children who have had a sunburn at an early age are at a higher risk for developing melanoma in adulthood,
Sudden cardiac arrest, simply put, describes when a person’s heart suddenly stops beating and blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. If the person isn’t treated within minutes, death results, a CHOC Children’s cardiologist says Sudden cardiac arrest is usually caused by an irregular heartbeat, or a condition called arrhythmia, says Dr.
Parents of young athletes should talk to their pediatrician about getting pre-participation sports physicals that include heart screenings. After all, sudden cardiac death is 2 ½ times more likely to occur in young athletes than in non-athletes. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes, occurs in one of every
Urinary tract infections are a common and painful ailment for children, but a few simple strategies can go a long way toward keeping the problem at bay, says Dr. Antoine Khoury, medical director of urology at CHOC Children’s. Dr. Khoury offers four measures parents and children can take to promote good urinary tract health in