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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!

April 18, 2014
Fried egg
This week, a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that even casual marijuana use can make structural changes to the brain.
April 11, 2014
Kids eating hamburgers
Fast food companies often show healthier food options in their ads targeted toward children. But a new study shows that these ads are actually confusing many kids.
April 4, 2014
As e-cigarettes gain popularity among adults and teens, they are also gaining attention from public health advocates and others concerned about their impact on kids’ health. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is waiting for...
April 4, 2014
Children's Success
This week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, a report highlighting indicators of a child’s success through each stage of life. This report shows that children on a...
March 24, 2014
Spanking has been in the spotlight in recent years as research has indicated spanking children may increase children’s aggression and lead to depression.
March 21, 2014
Looking for a place to sit in school cafeteria
We asked parents of children with and without nut allergies how they think schools should manage lunchtime for kids with nut allergies.
March 14, 2014
School cafeteria
In order to create safe environments for all children, schools work together with parents of food-allergic children and parents of children without food allergies to establish rules and procedures for managing allergies. (1 Comment)
March 14, 2014
Childhood vaccines are recommended to protect kids from serious illnesses and diseases, but some parents choose not to have their children vaccinated because they are worried about side-effects.
March 7, 2014
Parents with newborn baby
To get a better idea of who attends breastfeeding classes, we asked parents of young children (0-3 years old) about their experiences.
February 24, 2014
Dad and mom with a newborn baby
It’s been established that mothers’ breast milk is the best food for babies. Breastfeeding benefits moms too – reducing risks of postpartum depression and some cancers. But breastfeeding doesn’t always come naturally and women who...