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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 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.
September 29, 2016
Young girl receiving flu shot
Each year, dozens of US children die from influenza-related illness. With flu season fast approaching, it's time to think about vaccination.
September 23, 2016
Teens learning CPR
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked parents of children in middle or high school about their preferences for health education in school.
September 22, 2016
Mom taking photo of daughter
In the first of what may be many similar cases, an 18-year-old in Austria has sued her parents claiming they violated her privacy by posting embarrassing childhood photos of her on Facebook.