June 18th, 2010
02:35 PM ET

Free HIV testing to be offered in 10 cities

By Val Willingham
CNN Medical Producer

One in five of the more than 1 million HIV-infected Americans don't know it, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  To help  people know their status for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases,  10 cities are taking part in the  first "Be Greater Than AIDS: Get Yourself Tested" week.

Beginning June 19, free testing will be made available in Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois;  Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas and Houston, Texas;  Los Angeles, California;  Miami, Florida; Newark, New Jersey; New York City and Washington, D.C. The week leads up to National HIV Testing Day,  June 27.


June 18th, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Smoking, hypertension top world stroke risks

By David Martin
CNN Medical Senior Producer

Rich nation or poor, high blood pressure and smoking pose the biggest risks for stroke, according to a new 22-country study released Friday.

“They are important risk factors everywhere,” said study co-author Dr. Martin J. O’Donnell with the Population Health Research Institute at Canada’s McMaster University.


June 18th, 2010
09:09 AM ET

Country singer reveals he has prostate cancer

By Miriam Falco
CNN Medical New Managing Editor

Singer, songwriter and former lead singer of the legendary country-music band Alabama, Randy Owen, was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year, according to a published report released Thursday.

He revealed his condition at a meeting of his fan club in Fort Payne, Alabama, last weekend.


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