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The Pulse: The Blog of the National Poll on Children's Health

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!

December 18, 2014
E-cigarettes
Teen alcohol use and prescription pain medicine misuse have decreased, but teens show high rates of e-cigarette use – even higher than the use of traditional tobacco cigarettes.
December 18, 2014
Teen with doctor
Gaining responsibility and independence is part of growing up. But according to their parents, managing their own health care isn’t something all teens and young adults are ready to do.
December 10, 2014
Teen girl with doctor
Do teens and young adults have the skills necessary to manage their own health care? What age do parents think is the right time for their teens to switch from pediatric to adult-focused health care? We asked.
December 3, 2014
Cough medicine for kids
Over-the-counter medications that adults sometimes take to manage cold symptoms may have very serious side effects for young kids.
November 25, 2014
The FDA announced new rules that will require not just restaurants, but also pizza parlors, movie theaters, and even vending machines to list calorie counts on their menus.
November 20, 2014
Child getting a vaccine
Most parents think children in daycare should be vaccinated. Many would consider removing their child if other children are not up-to-date on vaccines.
November 13, 2014
Child at day care
What do parents think about daycare vaccination policies and what those policies mean for their children? We asked.
November 6, 2014
Picture of happy parents with their newborn baby
Moms-to-be often look online for information about labor and delivery, newborn care, and hospital policies. But many birthing hospital websites lack easy-to-find information about whooping cough prevention.
October 30, 2014
Dad shopping for food in grocery store
In the latest NPCH Report, 4 out of 10 moms say they “very often” or “always” read nutrition labels when buying food. Among dads, 35% say they “very often” or “always” read nutrition labels. However, 16% of dads said they never read...
October 23, 2014
Nutrition Facts label
Does anyone read Nutrition Facts labels? Does the information on the labels play a role in customers’ decisions about buying foods? We asked.

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