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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!

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.
May 22, 2012
Concussions & sports: Parents’ perspectives on a growing health concern
Following the suicide of former NFL star Junior Seau, there has been a flood of attention given to the impact of concussions and head injury on the long-term health of athletes. Concussions are not only a health concern for professional... (1 Comment)
May 11, 2012
Tough times resulting in “pay-to-play” fees for school sports
Sports offer many health and education benefits for teens. But due to continuing budget challenges, schools have had to tighten their belts when it comes to funding for athletics. Many middle and high schools now charge a fee for students...
May 4, 2012
About one baby is born each hour withdrawing from opiate drugs because their mother was taking painkillers or illicit drugs during pregnancy.
April 24, 2012
Many adults support single-dose medication packaging requirements to prevent childhood poisoning.
April 13, 2012
Every 10 minutes in the United States, a child younger than 6 years old is taken to the emergency room for possible poisoning from swallowing a medicine.
April 3, 2012
Across the U.S., sexting has quickly become a prominent health concern for teens. As a result, there has been a high degree of legislative activity at the state level to address threats that sexting presents to children’s well-being.
March 16, 2012
The issue of sexting – sending sexually explicit, nude, or semi-nude photos by cell phone – has taken center stage in recent legislation in several states in the U.S. To date, 17 states have sexting laws on the books. Another 13 states...
March 9, 2012
For more than 10 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended limiting fruit juice to one serving per day for children 1-6 years old.  Drinking less juice helps prevent health problems such as childhood obesity and early tooth...
March 5, 2012
A recent article in TIME Ideas continues the national discussion about childhood obesity and eating disorders. In his article, entitled “Is the Fight Against Childhood Obesity Creating Eating Disorders?", Anthony T. Debenedet, M.D....