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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!

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...
May 6, 2015
Child using ipad
This week, families across the country are shutting down their iPads and signing out of Twitter in observance of “Screen-Free Week.” Screen-Free Week, presented by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, is a call for families to...
April 29, 2015
Medical marijuana
We asked adults across the country for their views on medical marijuana use by adults and by children. While nearly two-thirds (63%) of respondents said medical marijuana should be allowed for adults, about one-third (36%) said it should...
April 16, 2015
Medical marijuana
As several states across the U.S. consider and adopt laws about the use of marijuana for medical purposes, a common question in the debate is whether or not medical marijuana should be allowed for children as well as adults.
April 8, 2015
Baby drinking bottle
The benefits of feeding breast milk to babies are well-established. Because breast milk is so beneficial to babies, it’s sometimes called “liquid gold,” and some moms are cashing in by selling their extra breast milk online. But according...
April 2, 2015
This month, we released the 100th National Poll on Children’s Health Report! Since 2007, we’ve released a new NPCH Report about once per month. The topics have ranged from schools to vaccines, and through it all, the focus has been on the...
March 26, 2015
Last week, we published an NPCH Report that has generated an incredible amount of conversation among parents around the world. The subject: sharenting – sharing parenting information online and on social media.
March 12, 2015
Social media is a part of everyday life, and for many parents, a useful tool to share updates with friends, family, and other parents about their kids. But with Internet safety among the top 10 health concerns that adults have for kids in... (2 Comments)
March 4, 2015
41 states prohibit e-cigarette sales to minors, but many teens can easily buy e-cigarettes online according to a study published this week.