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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!

March 24, 2016
Family looking at computer
In our latest NPCH Report we asked parents of children 0-17 years old about their views of doctor rating websites.
March 18, 2016
Mom on the phone at her computer with her daughter
Do parents use online doctor ratings sites to find physicians for their families? Do they have any concerns about the reviews?
March 17, 2016
Kids playing soccer
School budget challenges have resulted in deep funding cuts for middle and high school sports. Many school districts now charge “pay-to-play” fees for student athletes.
March 10, 2016
Teen sleeping at computer
This week is the National Sleep Foundation’s annual Sleep Awareness Week, a campaign to increase awareness of sleep importance, safety, and health benefits. Most US middle and high schools start before 8:30 a.m., making it difficult for...
March 3, 2016
Last year, sexting rose from number 13 to the number 6 top health concern for children in our annual Top 10 Report. Twenty states have laws prohibiting sexting, but a previous poll suggests that less people are in favor of taking legal...
February 25, 2016
Child receiving a flu shot
In our latest NPCH Report, we asked parents to compare flu vaccine to other vaccines recommended during childhood.
February 19, 2016
How do parents perceive the flu vaccine versus other childhood vaccines?
February 18, 2016
Boy brushing a set of model teeth
February is National Children's Dental Health Month. In a 2011 NPCH Report, more than half of parents said their children under the age of 3 had not yet seen a dentist.
February 11, 2016
Baby getting a shot
Following the 2014 measles outbreak, our July 2015 NPCH Report found that 34% of parents think vaccines have more benefit than they did one year ago.
February 4, 2016
Our 2015 Annual Report is now available. This brief report shows some of last year's highlights, media coverage, and outreach to legislators and other organizations.