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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!

October 8, 2015
Man reading nutrition facts label on box at grocery store
The Food and Drug Administration has recently proposed an update to the Nutrition Facts labels. We look at a study from last October that shows how mothers and fathers rate the importance of nutrition label information.
October 7, 2015
Girl with iPad
How much screen time is healthy for young kids? Experts are reconsidering their recommendations.
October 1, 2015
Parent with child at doctor's office
It’s October 1st, which means fall, football, festivals…and the flu. With the risk of flu and seasonal allergies, many kids might start to get sick and have to stay home from school. For the kids, missing school might not seem like a big...
September 28, 2015
In today’s digital world, cyberbullying –using social media or electronic communication to harass or threaten another person—has become a growing problem for teens.
September 24, 2015
High school football player sitting on bench with his head down
Last week's Throwback Thursday post talked about students misusing "study drugs" as a way to focus and balance school work with extra-curricular activities. But in recent years, these same medications have been used by student athletes as...
September 17, 2015
Teens on cell phones
In today’s digital environment, teens sometimes use technology to extend bullying beyond school grounds and into social media and the Internet. But what behavior is cyberbullying and what should schools do about it?
September 17, 2015
Stressed teenager at school
As the new school year gets underway, students might soon start to feel increased pressure and stress. Some students struggling academically misuse amphetamines or other stimulants to help them focus or stay awake.
September 10, 2015
Parents with baby
About 6 in 10 adults said they didn’t know when they were last vaccinated against whooping cough. Adults were supportive of new parents’ rights to protect their babies from whooping cough by insisting visitors be vaccinated.
September 3, 2015
Teen sleeping at school
It’s time for another new school year to begin, but experts say the school day is starting too early for many students.
August 27, 2015
Back to school
As children and teens begin a new school year and will spend many of their waking hours outside the home, it’s a great time for parents to check in with their children and children’s teachers about important health concerns.