Health Tip: Prevent Bleeding While Taking a Blood Thinner

(HealthDay News) -- Blood-thinning drugs are prescribed to help prevent clots that could cause heart attack or stroke. But these drugs can also increase the risk of heavy or prolonged bleeding.

Parkinson's Patients May Fare Better in Neurologist's Care

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Parkinson's disease patients who receive care from a neurologist live longer and are less likely to break a hip or need nursing-home placement than those treated by a primary care doctor, according to a new study.

Alzheimer's Harder to Detect in the Very Old

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease may be harder to detect in people over 80, according to a new study that examined the relationship between age-related brain shrinkage and Alzheimer's-associated memory loss.

Like Those in Humans, Baby Chimps' Forebrains Immature

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Like humans, chimpanzees are born with immature forebrains, according to researchers who used MRI to track the development of three chimpanzees' brains from ages 6 months to 6 years.

Women Born After Great Depression Had More Children, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- American women born in 1935 had a higher average number of children than those born in 1910 or 1960, according to researchers who analyzed childbearing differences among three generations of women.

Prehistoric Water Reptile's Social Life Similar to Dolphins: Study

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- What do a prehistoric water reptile and a dolphin have in common? A lot more than you might expect, new research indicates.

No Proof That Aspirin Aids Conception, Review Shows

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- There's no strong evidence that taking aspirin while undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) improves a woman's chances of becoming pregnant, researchers say.

Getting Along With Coworkers May Add Years to Your Life

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Good relationships with your co-workers and a convivial, supportive work environment may add years to your life, new Israeli research finds.

New Bacteria Linked to Tattoo Infections

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- An investigation into skin lesions that two people developed after getting tattoos has concluded that both were infected with a bacteria not previously linked to the practice.

Poorly Controlled Asthma Can Boost Chances of Pregnancy Complications

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with poorly controlled asthma are at increased risk for pregnancy complications and for having a low-birth weight or premature baby, a new study warns.

Women May Face Greater Heart Risk From Smoking Than Men

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Women who smoke have a 25 percent higher risk of developing heart disease than male smokers do, according to a huge, new study.

Health Highlights: Aug.11, 2011

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Depressed Women Could Face Raised Risk of Stroke

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Depressed women may be at greater risk for stroke, new research suggests.

Poor, Urban Heterosexuals at High Risk of HIV: CDC

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- The HIV infection rate among low-income heterosexuals in 24 American cities with a high prevalence of AIDS is 10 to 20 times greater than in the general U.S. population, a new government report indicates.

Chimp Attack Victim Reveals New Face

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Three months after receiving a full face transplant, a Connecticut woman severely mauled by a friend's pet chimpanzee in 2009 is showing her new face for the first time.

'Superdrug' Against Range of Viruses Shows Promise in Animal Trials

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A potentially groundbreaking drug appears effective against a wide range of viral infections, including the common cold, flu, stomach viruses, polio and dengue fever -- at least in mice.

Medical Tattoo Tracks Body Functions

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- An invisible patch placed on the skin much like a temporary tattoo can pick up and transmit physiological signals such as heart rate, brain waves and muscle activity.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Turkey Sickens More People

THURSDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Some 107 people in 31 states have now been infected with an outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg found in some ground turkey made by Cargill Inc., the latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.