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The Pulse

Welcome to The Pulse, the blog of the National Poll on Children’s Health! We keep our finger on the public’s pulse when it comes to perceptions and priorities about major health issues for children. The Pulse is a place where you can find information on important child health topics and issues in-between our monthly reports – for an even more up-to-date reflection on kids’ health today. We look forward to exploring children’s health and health policy with you!

July 29, 2015
Medical marijuana
A University of Michigan study published this month in the Journal of Adolescent Health, sheds light on new concerns about teen drug use: medical marijuana use and marijuana addiction.
July 22, 2015
Experts caution about the health hazards of experiencing adolescence in the age of social media – including the risk of cyberbullying and its impact on teens’ health.
July 15, 2015
Baby getting vaccinated
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked parents to tell us how they feel about the safety and benefits of vaccines compared to how they felt a year ago.
July 2, 2015
Child getting a vaccine
With all of the media attention about vaccines this year, how have parents’ opinions about vaccines changed? We asked.
June 29, 2015
swimming safety
If you’ve ever visited a public pool or waterpark, you’ve probably seen signs urging visitors to shower before entering the water. Those rules are meant to keep everyone safe.
June 17, 2015
Powdered alcohol
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked adults across the U.S. what they think about powdered alcohol and how they think it should be regulated.
June 11, 2015
We asked adults across the U.S. what they think about powdered alcohol and whether or not they think it should be banned in their state.
June 4, 2015
Mental health teen
Adults who work and volunteer with children and teens see more availability of mental health care for the teens in their communities than they did in a previous survey.
May 28, 2015
Mother hugging child in doctor's office
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked parents of children age 5-17 about discussing their children’s behavior and emotions with the doctor. Parents’ willingness to talk to a doctor about their children’s behavioral health depended on the...
May 14, 2015
Child struggling with schoolwork
We asked parents of children across the U.S. about their experiences managing behavioral and emotional concerns for their children. When did parents decide to bring it up with their children’s doctors – or why did they decide NOT to bring...