ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Not Help Hot Flashes
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Put Your Best Foot Forward Next Year
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Fruits and Veggies May Strengthen Bones
CANCER
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
CAREGIVING
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Six Healthy-Sounding Foods That Really Aren't
TV Food Ads Promote Bad Diets
Purple Tomato Extended Lives of Cancer-Prone Mice
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Global Warming Biggest Health Threat of 21st Century, Experts Say
Small Doses of Carbon Monoxide Might Help Stroke Victims
Fertilizer Ban Makes a Difference
EYE CARE, VISION
Just Like Skin, Eyes Can 'Burn' in Strong Sun
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
FITNESS
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
Be Healthy, Spend Less
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
Kids More Apt to Smoke If Mom Did While Pregnant
It Pays to Eat Less as You Age
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers
MEN'S HEALTH
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
How to Attack Holiday Stress Head-On
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Expectant Mom's Exercise Keeps Newborn's Birth Weight Down
SENIORS
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
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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