ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Acupuncture Eases Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year
Osteoporosis May Raise Risk for Vertigo
CANCER
Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
CAREGIVING
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
DIABETES
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Laughter May Lower Heart Attack Risk in Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
More Educated Choose Healthier Foods, But Pay More
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Walkable Neighborhoods Keep the Pounds Off
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
Accumulated Lead May Affect Older Women's Brains
EYE CARE, VISION
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
FITNESS
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Run for Your Life
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
School Phys. Ed. Injuries Up 150 Percent
Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids' Sports
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Heal Your LifeŽ Tips for Living Well
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
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Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall

WEDNESDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- The number of underweight children aged 2 to 19 in the United States decreased from 5.1 percent in 1971-1974 to 3.3 percent in 2003-2006, says a U.S. government study.

Being underweight can be caused by malnutrition or underlying health problems.

Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics analyzed results from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and compared them with results from the 1970s. They found that underweight decreased from 5.8 percent to 2.8 percent among children aged 2 to 5, from 5.3 percent to 2.7 percent among children aged 6 to 11, and from 4.7 percent to 3.8 percent among those aged 12 to 19.

Surveys before 1971 didn't include children aged 2 to 5, the authors of the report noted.

The NHANES participants underwent a household interview and a physical examination that included weight and height measurements taken by trained health technicians using standardized measuring procedures and equipment.

Children with body-mass index (BMI) values below the 5th percentile of the sex-specific BMI-for-age growth charts are classified as underweight.

SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, news release, July 15, 2009