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Print Edition 2013-01-04 – QNotes

Report Card: Readers rate their favorite Charlotte gyms

Readers provide overwhelmingly-positive reviews of their exercise experiences

It’s January! And, you know what that means. Gyms will be packed! It’s the natural and always-expected fact as many of us take on New Year’s resolutions to get into better shape and pay more attention to personal health.

Experts say stigma and silence to blame for youth HIV increases

Gay Youth’s New Burden, Part I: HIV/AIDS epidemic’s resurgence among gay and bisexual youth

Local organizations working with young people and those affected by HIV/AIDS took note of new data released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in December. The new national estimates reveal a sharp increase in the number of new HIV infections among gay and bisexual men and, in particular, among young men ages 13-24.

A new year brings new changes

Editor's Note

The staff here at QNotes wishes you and yours the happiest in this New Year. As old 2012 calendars come off the wall and are replaced with the new, we, too, are making changes and our own New Year’s resolutions as we continue our commitment to serving you better.

Getting your wallet in shape for the New Year

Five basic tips for individuals and couples

Two things often fall at the top of many people’s New Year’s resolutions lists: Personal health and personal finances. Both are important. Read some basic tips for maintaining your personal financial well-being in 2013, from financial advisor Jenny Sperry, CFP, ADPA, of Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors.

Charlotte: Org to host forum, panel

News Notes: Carolinas

Campus Pride will host a community forum and panel on Feb. 12 at The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, 617 E. 28th St., 7:30 p.m., that will focus on how to develop meaningful involvement between LGBT youth and local organizations.

California youth protection law delayed

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

On Dec. 21, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily delayed the start date of a new California law that protects LGBT youth from therapists who try to change their sexual orientation using discredited practices that medical experts warn can cause serious harm.

How men can avoid five common skincare pitfalls

Dermatologist offers skincare advice to help save guys from irritation and discomfort

Let’s face it, skincare isn’t always a priority for most guys. However, the path to healthy, comfortable skin is not as difficult as one might think. For men with skin issues, relief is only a few simple steps away.

The health secrets women keep

The top five women’s health secrets

Secret bottles in the medicine cabinet? Frequent trips to the bathroom? Moodiness, fatigue or changes in social behavior? Everyone has secrets — that’s no surprise. But, whether little or big, secrets can make a real difference in quality of life.