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.

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.

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.

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.

Music Classes Boost Language Skills, Study Says

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Greater participation in music classes may benefit children's language development, a new study finds.

Yoga May Cut Heart Disease Risk Factors

TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga has long been believed to improve overall health, but a growing body of evidence shows the ancient practice may also help the heart, a new review finds.

FDA Approves Blood Test That Gauges Heart Attack Risk

MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved a new blood test that can help determine a person's future odds for heart attack and other heart troubles.