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World Food Day - 10/19/2016

World Food Day.

By Tiffany Wiguna PGY-1

Let’s talk food. Food is necessary for life. It helps our bodies grow and function, and it provides us the nutrients we need to be healthy and strong. Food brings our families and communities together, carries rich cultural and family traditions, and plays a big role in our favorite family memories. However, America today has a huge problem. All the way from the manufacturers who make our food, to the advertisers who sell our food, the stores and restaurants where we get our food, and our own homes where we eat our food, we have pushed and exceeded the limit of the amount of food we eat. Not only that, but we have sacrificed good healthy quality nutrients for the largest sugar and fat contents in history.

Trick-or-Treat! - 10/19/2016

Good Afternoon!

It's that time of year again when Child Life in Pediatrics plan to celebrate Halloween on
Monday, October 31th in the afternoon. There will be a Trick or Treat Route on the 6E Pediatric Ward the staff will help direct everyone. The plan is for each child on the Ward, PICU, NICU and Level 2 to receive a costume in the morning to wear and take home. All patients who are cleared to leave their rooms will participate in a trick or treat route. Due to dietary restrictions for most we kindly ask for any non-edible donations to put in trick-or-treat bags. Please spread the word to your department and we hope to make this very special for our children. We ask for a quantity for approximately 50 patients. The following are some ideas:

* Stickers
* Activity Packs/Sets
* Notepads
* Journals
* Erasers
* Hand-held electronic games
* Matchbox Cars
* Pencils
* Markers
* Activity/Coloring books
* Age-appropriate books/magazines
* Rattles/Infant toys
* CDs
* New stuffed animals/beanie babies
* Crayons
* Word search magazines
* Adult coloring books
* Small lego sets

Jose Montano Foundation Donates to our pediatric clinic - 09/27/2016

Jose Montano became famed from San Diego to the South Bay for his courageous and giving spirit, founding Jose Montano Foundation. He made trips to local hospitals, visiting children undergoing cancer treatment, while himself still undergoing treatment for his rare form of brain cancer.

The foundation provides healthy snacks and toys to children in local hospitals. “We started out with Jose passing out lollipops and we went on from there. And now thank God we’re able to reach out to more families," Mr. Montano says. "It’s a beautiful mission that he left for us to complete and here we are.

Back to School: Preventing Bullying & Intervening to End It - 08/24/2016


by Nisha Wadwha, MD PGY 1

As the final days of summer approach us and a new school year sets in, parents, teachers, and students are beginning to gear up for classes, homework, and extracurricular activities. This exciting time is also an important opportunity for the community to think about and engage with the issue of bullying, which is broadly defined as intentional, repeated, negative behavior directed towards those who have difficulty defending themselves. Bullying comes in different flavors, and can be as obvious as physical or verbal aggression, but can also be insidious “relational” bullying in the form of gossip, slander, or deliberately excluding others. As social media becomes an increasingly ingrained feature of our culture, cyber-bullying (threatening, taunting, and embarrassing others using an electronic medium) is an emerging form of mistreatment kids and teens are contending with.

Local Student Spends Summer Getting Valuable Lab Experience - 08/22/2016


After a first semester in college, most undergraduates are seeking to take a load off, choosing to recuperate and recharge for the following semester. That’s not the route Rohun Gupta took. Throughout the summer, Rohun could be seen moving about the LA Biomed campus, waltzing between the office of his mentor, Dr. Frans Walther, and the lab that was his second home during the summer of 2016.

For three and a half months, Gupta became very acquainted with the Captive Bubble Surfactometer. The machine is a rare one with only five in existence and fewer being operational. Dr. Walther believes his is the most used one. Among other duties, Rohun spent his time meticulously testing the synthetic surfactant lungs being created in Dr. Walther’s lab.

“I test the synthetic lung surfactant in the machine and record the data,” says Rohun. “Each experiment takes an hour and a half. I analyze the data to see if it’s a good surfactant or not.”

Rohun has been volunteering in the lab since he was a senior at Whitney High School in Cerritos, CA.

Thoughts from a Nursery Pediatrician during World Breastfeeding Week 2016 - 08/10/2016

Breastfeeding Awareness

by Eric Fein, MD

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof said it best: “Can you name a miracle food that is universally available, free, and can save children’s lives and maybe even make them smarter?” (Kristof, 2013) Helping all babies around the world to obtain this miracle food, breastmilk, could save the lives of 800,000 children per year and prevent 20,000 deaths per year from breast cancer. Relative to formula feeding and controlling for confounders, breastfeeding infants is associated with slightly increased intelligence, and decreased morbidity and mortality from SIDS, diarrheal illnesses, pneumonia, otitis media, bronchiolitis, and possibly obesity and type 2 diabetes. Breastfeeding mothers have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancer, and type 2 diabetes (Cesar G Victora, 2016).

Who Ya Gonna Call? Call 2-1-1 - 06/27/2016

by Melinda Palma M.D., PGY-1

Sorry, not Ghostbusters. Not even 411.


Angelenos can call 211 to get information and connections to critical resources.

Since the early 1980s, Los Angeles has had a unique program called, “211 LACounty.” This non-profit organization connects people to social services and community resources. They can be reached by phone at 2-1-1 or on the web at www.211la.org.

Callers can tell the specially trained staff what they need. Then, almost instantly they get connected to help. The list of available services includes shelters, health care, early childhood programs, substance abuse programs, veterans’ services, food programs and much more.

211 LACounty services are free, confidential and available 24/7. Callers can get help in their own languages. More than140 languages are offered, including services for the hearing impaired.

Get to Know: The New Interns - 06/20/2016

tchowTiffany ChowBen‐Gurion University of the Negev. Tiffany obtained her BS at UCLA in Physiological sciences. Prior to medical school, she has served on mission trips to Haiti and as a camp counselor for foster youth. Tiffany also was an intern with Campus Crusade for Christ for two years. While at Ben‐Gurion, she served on the Board of Directors and was the dance captain for the Light Opera Group of Negev Beer Sheva. Her hobbies besides dance include musical theatre, acoustic guitar, ukulele, piano, cooking and gardening.


Dr. Sonia Morales recipient of NHMA Hispanic Health Resident Leadership Award - 06/13/2016


Dr. Sonia Morales - PGY2, pictured middle

Dr. Sonia Morales - PGY2, is having a great year. Fresh off of being named a New Century Scholar by the Academic Pediatric Association, she has received the Hispanic Health Resident Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Medical Association.

The NHMA culls just 20 residents from a large list of applicants, choosing those with great leadership potential as evidenced in work experience and other community activities. Through the advocacy curriculum provided by Harbor Pediatrics as well as her own diligence, Sonia has exemplified great leadership and community service through advocacy.

Following the award banquet in Washington DC, Dr. Morales and her cohorts participated in a meeting to continue to discuss Federal policy and academic issues.