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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 19, 2016
Child taking prescription bottle out of medicine cabinet
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked parents of children 5-17 years old about their experiences with pain medication prescriptions for their children.
May 13, 2016
Girls sharing prescription drugs
What do parents do with their child’s leftover pain medication? Are their child’s doctors discussing what to do with leftover medication?
May 12, 2016
New rules were finalized by the FDA last week to federally regulate e-cigarettes, banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors under the age of 18 and requiring health warnings on packaging and advertisements.
May 5, 2016
Boy riding a bike with a helmet
Bicycle helmets save lives and reduce the severity of head injuries related to bicycle accidents, yet many children do not wear them.
April 28, 2016
Young boy opening prescription bottles
While intentional drug abuse among children and teens is a major problem nationally, there is also a danger of unintentional poisoning from medications due to improper storage and easy access for children.
April 21, 2016
An old photo of children playing outdoors on a swing set and a new photo of children playing video games inside.
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked adults about their perceptions of the physical and mental/emotional health of children younger than 18 years old today, compared to when the adults themselves were growing up.
April 15, 2016
Group of kids outside
Are kids perceived as healthier today than in the past?
April 14, 2016
Teen girl sleeping on her textbooks
It is no surprise that getting enough sleep greatly reduces the risk of injury. It also reduces the risk of engaging in risky behaviors that could result in injury.
April 7, 2016
Underage drinking continues to be a major concern among adults nationwide. In honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, we take a look at two past NPCH Reports citing specific concerns over the years.
March 31, 2016
Mom and baby with doctor
Research is vital for new advances in medicine that can improve the lives of children, and child participation is essential to those advances.