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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 17, 2016
Toy blocks that spell "VOTE"
Which children’s health topics should presidential candidates prioritize? We asked U.S. adults what they think.
June 16, 2016
Glass of powdered alcohol
This week’s blog for National Safety Month looks back at a 2015 NPCH Report about powdered alcohol.
June 9, 2016
Girl going down water slide
Continuing with our theme for National Safety Month, this week we focus on water park safety and prevention of recreational water illnesses.
June 2, 2016
Girls sharing earbuds
In honor of National Safety Month, we're highlighting some past NPCH Reports that focus on safety in a variety of child health topics. This week: hearing loss.
May 26, 2016
Girl getting her teeth cleaned
For many, access to dental care and high out-of-pocket costs remain barriers to good dental health.
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.