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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!

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.
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.