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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!

August 13, 2012
Car seat safety: Are your kids using the right safety restraints?
Car accidents are the leading cause of death for kids older than three years old in the U.S. But many children are at greater risk of death or injury from a car accident because they’re not using the proper safety restraint. (4 Comments)
August 3, 2012
Performance-enhancing drugs in high school sports: Not just an Olympic concern
There is often a heightened awareness and concern about performance-enhancing drug use during the Olympics, and this summer’s London Olympics are no different. But performance-enhancing drugs aren’t just a concern on the world’s biggest...
July 27, 2012
HPV Vaccine: Public wants to keep parental consent requirement adolescents
The majority of adults support teens receiving medical care for treatment and prevention of STIs, but only 45 percent would support state laws allowing HPV vaccination without parental consent.
July 13, 2012
We asked adults across the country what they think about laws that would allow adolescents age 12-17 to receive HPV vaccination without parental consent.
July 9, 2012
Five Years of NPCH Cake
We recently celebrated the 5th anniversary of the National Poll on Children’s Health! To celebrate 5 years of NPCH, let’s take a look back at some of our most popular reports.
June 27, 2012
Public names the top child health issues for presidential candidates to address
We asked adults across the country to choose one child health issue that should be the top child health priority for the presidential candidates to address.
June 15, 2012
2012 election & children’s health: What should the candidates focus on?
To gain a better understanding of the public’s priorities when it comes to addressing children’s health on a national level, we asked adults to name their top children’s health priority for the presidential candidates to address.
June 7, 2012
By popular demand? New York City proposes ban on large soft drinks to combat obesity
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to ban sodas and other sweetened drinks larger than 16 oz from restaurants and delis, sporting events and movie theaters addresses what the public has been saying for years in the National Poll...
June 5, 2012
Recreational water illnesses: how to keep from getting sick
Although pools and water parks take precautions to prevent RWIs, we found in the National Poll on Children’s Health that many people are missing the message on a key safety rule: showering before swimming.
May 23, 2012
Pay-to-play sports fees benching many lower-income kids
Pay-to-play sports fees plus other expenses like equipment and transportation are adding up to lower sports participation for kids who can't afford to play.