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The Pulse: The Blog of the National Poll on Children's Health

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!

December 1, 2013
Pay to Play
Pay-to-play fees hinder lower income children from participating in school sports.
November 22, 2013
Childhood Obesity
In this year’s top 10 report, 38% of adults across the country called childhood obesity a “big problem."
November 22, 2013
Medical Research
Recruiting volunteers is often a challenge for researchers – especially when their research is about kids. (1 Comment)
November 15, 2013
Cough medicine and young children
Even though cough and cold medicines have warning labels that say they are not intended for children under age four, four in ten parents said they had given cough medicine to their young children.
November 1, 2013
Facebook recently announced an update to its privacy policy for teens ages 13-17 which allows the users to make public posts – posts that can be seen not just by their Facebook friends, but by everyone.
October 30, 2013
Teen pain medicine misuse
We asked adults in the National Poll on Children’s Health for their opinions on policies to discourage misuse of narcotic pain medicine among children and teens.
October 25, 2013
Email consultation with child's doctor
We asked parents if they would email their children’s doctors for advice if that service were available. We also asked how much it costs them to see their child’s doctor in person and how much they think it should cost for an email...
October 18, 2013
Email communication with doctor
Since the cost of emailing a child’s doctor for medical advice hasn’t been determined, we wanted to see what adults across the country thought might be a reasonable fee for this service.
October 16, 2013
When children start a new school year, parents often check in with them about homework, tests, and new teachers. But there’s another important back-to-school conversation parents might not think about having with their kids: bullying.
October 11, 2013
Ending Childhood Cancer
September was National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but in order to make a difference, childhood cancer awareness needs to continue beyond the month of September. (1 Comment)