Vaccine for Deer Against 'Mad Cow'-Like Illness Shows Promise

SUNDAY, Dec. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to "mad cow disease" in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brain infections, researchers report.

Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you can't balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest.

Being Fit Keeps Blood Pressure in Check

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being in good shape seems to reduce your risk of high blood pressure, researchers report.

'Homing Signal' in Brain Helps Humans Navigate, Research Shows

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A "homing signal" in the brain tells people which way to travel, and the strength of the signal affects people's ability to navigate, researchers report.

Smog Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Autism Risk

THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children born to moms who were exposed to high levels of air pollution late in pregnancy may have an increased risk of developing autism, a U.S. study suggests.

Global Life Expectancy Continues to Climb

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People around the world are living much longer than they did a few decades ago, a new study indicates.

Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- It's too soon to tell whether medical marijuana can help treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in a new position statement released Wednesday.

Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who experience migraine headaches may be at heightened risk for the form of facial paralysis known as Bell's palsy, a new study finds.

Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nutrition experts advocate including nuts in a heart-healthy diet, but a new study finds that about 60 percent of Americans don't consume these foods on a daily basis.

Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report.