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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!

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.
October 21, 2016
Student playing the trumpet in school band
Between school participation fees, transportation expenses, and equipment costs, the price of participating in school activities is a barrier - especially for lower-income students.
October 14, 2016
School sports team huddle
The cost of participating in school sports & activities has become a barrier for some families.
October 13, 2016
While there are a variety of policy issues to consider when choosing a candidate, many US adults say that a candidate's position on child health issues can affect how they vote.
October 6, 2016
Although many states have laws requiring bullying policies in schools, defining bullying and determining the appropriate response to bullying can be challenging for schools.