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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 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....
February 15, 2012
We’re excited to announce the launch of our new website,! Our team at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health has designed this site to be user-friendly, engaging, and interactive. There’s a lot to...
February 14, 2012
Our National Poll on Children’s Health report in January 2012  addressed two health concerns facing kids today: childhood obesity and eating disorders. (6 Comments)
January 25, 2012
Welcome to The Pulse, the new blog of the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health!