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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!

March 7, 2014
Parents with newborn baby
To get a better idea of who attends breastfeeding classes, we asked parents of young children (0-3 years old) about their experiences.
February 24, 2014
Dad and mom with a newborn baby
It’s been established that mothers’ breast milk is the best food for babies. Breastfeeding benefits moms too – reducing risks of postpartum depression and some cancers. But breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally and women who...
February 20, 2014
HPV vaccination rates are still low
The HPV vaccine – an immunization that protects against the human papillomavirus, which causes genital warts, cervical cancer, and some throat cancers – is recommended for adolescent boys as well as girls. But vaccination rates have failed...
February 13, 2014
Teen stress
Today’s teens are stressed out – to an unhealthy degree, according to a new report from the American Psychological Association.
February 10, 2014
Young child using a tablet
Last week marked 10 years since the launch of Facebook. In today’s new normal of social media connectivity, what can be done to protect kids from dangers like loss of privacy, predators, and online bullying?
February 5, 2014
Conversation with a doctor
We asked parents with children age 5-17 for their views on referrals to specialist doctors. 46% of parents say at least one of their children has been referred to a specialist.
January 24, 2014
Child Specialist
When a primary care provider refers a child to a specialist, there are many aspects to be considered.
January 24, 2014
Part two of our look back at some of the biggest NPCH reports of 2013: whooping cough, pain medicines, top 10 health issues.
January 22, 2014
It’s been another exciting year researching children’s health through the National Poll on Children’s Health! Here’s a look back at a few of the most popular NPCH Reports of 2013.
January 8, 2014
Kids in winter
Physical activity is important - but it can be challenging when it's cold outside. Here are some fun indoor activities to get the family up and moving during cold weather months.