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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 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.
July 8, 2016
There’s no hard and fast rule about what age is the right age for tweens to start staying home alone, so we asked parents of children ages 9-12 what they think.
July 7, 2016
Girl sitting on examination table in hospital gown
HPV has been recommended for adolescent girls since 2007 and boys since 2011. But teens are less likely to get HPV vaccine than any other immunization recommended for adolescents.
June 30, 2016
baby sleeping
This final blog post for our National Safety Month series looks back at a 2011 NPCH Report about infants at risk in unsafe sleep settings.
June 29, 2016
Child getting vaccine
CDC recommends all children receive flu vaccine every year. Many parents and children prefer the nasal spray flu vaccine, but in June 2016 the CDC changed its recommendation because nasal spray flu vaccine was found to be less effective.
June 24, 2016
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked a national sample of adults about child health priorities that could be addressed by candidates for President this year.