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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!

September 1, 2016
Teen with pillow and alarm clock
In response to a recent statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, many school districts have begun reevaluating their starting times to allow teens to have sufficient hours for sleep.
August 25, 2016
Mental health concerns often are identified during visits with pediatricians and other primary care providers. Providers ask certain questions about behavior and emotions, targeted to the child’s age, but also rely on parents to identify...
August 17, 2016
Sad teen
Mental health concerns loom large in this year’s Top 10 list with adults expressing concern about depression, suicide, and stress as “big problems” as well as school violence, bullying, drug abuse, and obesity that reflect underlying...
August 12, 2016
Top 10
This year marks the 10th annual release of the NPCH Top 10 Report. Will bullying and obesity stay at the top of the list? The results of the 2016 Top 10 survey will be published next week! (1 Comment)
August 11, 2016
Parents with baby
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which is dedicated to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination. A point of emphasis is the protection of infants through vaccination of pregnant women.
August 4, 2016
Girl texting and driving
Teen drivers are at the highest risk for crashes and crash-related fatalities, especially at night. To reduce crashes among teens, many states have enacted Graduated Driver Licensing laws.
July 29, 2016
Medical marijuana
Study of children’s hospital visits and poison center cases shows dramatic increase in pediatric marijuana exposure since it was legalized for recreational use.
July 28, 2016
Hands in a team huddle
For many, the high cost of school sports is limiting children's opportunities to reap the benefits.
July 21, 2016
Teen girl with e-cigarette
According to a study published this month in the journal Pediatrics, teens are not using e-cigarettes as a substitute for smoking.
July 14, 2016
Girl opening door
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked parents of children 9-12 years old about their expectations for summer supervision for their tweens.