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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!

August 8, 2014
This year’s edition of the NPCH Top 10 report will be released next week! To get ready, we’re covering some of the top topics of years past.
August 6, 2014
Obesity scale
For the past seven years that NPCH has done a top 10 report, childhood obesity has been among the top three kids’ health concerns overall – and for five of those years, obesity ranked as the number one kids’ health concern.
August 1, 2014
Top 10 child health concerns
The 2014 Top Ten Report will be released in a few weeks and to get ready for it, we’re blogging about some of the top health issues from the past several years.
July 29, 2014
Circumcision Decision
Having a baby is an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. For parents of baby boys, parents have to consider whether or not to have their son circumcised.
July 17, 2014
Baby in crib
For many families, circumcision is a very important and personal decision. So where do parents turn for information to guide them?
July 2, 2014
Girl on playground
Adults who work with children think young kids have more opportunities to get physical activity than they did a year ago.
June 25, 2014
Sick kids banned from daycare
Many child care centers exclude children from care due to mild illnesses and require parents to obtain a doctor’s note stating that their child is healthy enough to return to care.
June 18, 2014
Sports Physicals
Sports physicals may be conducted by a child’s usual health care provider, but are often conducted at walk-in clinics or schools for convenience.
June 13, 2014
Teens sharing pills
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released national data today regarding healthy habits and risky behaviors of U.S. teenagers.
June 13, 2014
Teen playing basketball
Going to the doctor may not be on the radars of all adolescents. But many middle school and high school athletes are required to have an annual sports physical.