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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!

February 16, 2017
Child reaching for prescription bottle
To combat increasing rates of drug and opioid addiction, New Jersey has enacted a new law designed to influence the initial prescription of prescription pain medications.
January 24, 2017
Mom feeling sick daughter's forehead
This month’s Mott Poll report highlighted the struggle parents face when deciding what to do with their sick child. This report has generated a lot of discussion across regional and national media sources. Here’s a roundup of the...
January 12, 2017
As we head into another year of children’s health research, let’s look back at some of the reports that had people talking in 2016.
December 16, 2016
Baby in car seat with dad
Traveling during the holiday season can be hectic – and for parents traveling with toddlers, there is even more to juggle and manage. We asked parents of toddlers how they manage health and safety while traveling.
November 29, 2016
Family eating dinner
This month’s Mott Poll report generated discussion about personal experiences with teens on special diets. Here’s a roundup of all the conversation surrounding the report in the past week.
November 17, 2016
Girl looking at her food with disgust
As part of teen experimentation and identity formation, many teens try out a variety of special diets – diets that go beyond calorie counting and limiting portion sizes to restricting or eliminating entire groups of foods. Sometimes teens...
November 17, 2016
Teen boy vaping
In a recent study published in JAMA, researchers from California found an association between vaping among teens and future cigarette smoking.
November 10, 2016
Adolescent reaching for prescription bottle
In a recent article published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers from Yale found a 165% increase in the number of hospitalizations of children and teens due to opioid poisoning between 1997 and 2012.
November 3, 2016
Young boys playing on tablets
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released updated screen time guidelines for young children, though parents' views about reasonable screen time are not necessarily in line with the recommendations.
October 27, 2016
Young boy brushing a model of teeth
Halloween is just around the corner, and while it promises to be a fun and exciting time for kids, all of those sugary, sticky sweets can pose serious challenges to their dental health.