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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!

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.
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...