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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 16, 2015
Medical marijuana
As several states across the U.S. consider and adopt laws about the use of marijuana for medical purposes, a common question in the debate is whether or not medical marijuana should be allowed for children as well as adults.
April 8, 2015
Baby drinking bottle
The benefits of feeding breast milk to babies are well-established. Because breast milk is so beneficial to babies, it’s sometimes called “liquid gold,” and some moms are cashing in by selling their extra breast milk online. But according...
April 2, 2015
This month, we released the 100th National Poll on Children’s Health Report! Since 2007, we’ve released a new NPCH Report about once per month. The topics have ranged from schools to vaccines, and through it all, the focus has been on the...
March 26, 2015
Last week, we published an NPCH Report that has generated an incredible amount of conversation among parents around the world. The subject: sharenting – sharing parenting information online and on social media.
March 12, 2015
Social media is a part of everyday life, and for many parents, a useful tool to share updates with friends, family, and other parents about their kids. But with Internet safety among the top 10 health concerns that adults have for kids in... (2 Comments)
March 4, 2015
41 states prohibit e-cigarette sales to minors, but many teens can easily buy e-cigarettes online according to a study published this week.
February 26, 2015
Girl looks for a seat in a school cafeteria
Peanut allergies in children have become more common in recent years. While the cause for this increase is unclear, experts have generally recommended that parents avoid exposing their children to peanuts in infancy to reduce their chances...
February 25, 2015
Teen asleep on stack of books
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later. But parents of teenagers are split on the issue.
February 19, 2015
Child getting a vaccine
The ongoing outbreak of measles in the U.S. has brought attention to the topic of immunization – and more specifically, why some parents choose not immunize their children against diseases like measles.
February 12, 2015
Many schools across the country are considering delaying the start of school until 8:30 a.m. or later. But what do parents think about the idea of their teens’ schools starting later? We asked. (2 Comments)