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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 19, 2015
Child getting a vaccine
The ongoing outbreak of measles in the U.S. has brought attention to the topic of immunization – and more specifically, why some parents choose not immunize their children against diseases like measles.
February 12, 2015
Many schools across the country are considering delaying the start of school until 8:30 a.m. or later. But what do parents think about the idea of their teens’ schools starting later? We asked. (2 Comments)
January 29, 2015
School sports team
School sports offer many health and educational benefits for kids who participate, including improving their performance at school. But for many families, the cost of school sports is too high – leaving their kids on the sidelines.
January 28, 2015
Child getting a vaccine
Why are vaccine-preventable diseases causing illness and death in 2015? Experts say it is due to the growing number of people choosing to decline immunization.
January 15, 2015
Kids sitting on a sports bench
Is the cost of school sports still keeping some kids on the bench? We asked.
January 8, 2015
Kid using tablet computer
As children’s access to entertainment media devices grows, concerns about the impact of screen time on their health grows too. Experts worry that too much screen time may lead to obesity, ADHD, and other problems for young children.
January 8, 2015
Rear-facing car seat
About three quarters of parents turn their child’s car seat from rear-facing to a forward-facing position before their child’s second birthday.
December 18, 2014
Teen alcohol use and prescription pain medicine misuse have decreased, but teens show high rates of e-cigarette use – even higher than the use of traditional tobacco cigarettes.
December 18, 2014
Teen with doctor
Gaining responsibility and independence is part of growing up. But according to their parents, managing their own health care isn’t something all teens and young adults are ready to do.
December 10, 2014
Teen girl with doctor
Do teens and young adults have the skills necessary to manage their own health care? What age do parents think is the right time for their teens to switch from pediatric to adult-focused health care? We asked.