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In the Raw: How to cope with loneliness

"I’m really struggling with feeling lonely -- nighttime is the worst. I dread going to bed knowing that I will just lay there, feeling horrible and alone, and think for hours. During the day I am better because I have work and friends to keep me distracted. At night, though, I end up calling people that aren't good for me, hook up with the wrong people, or drink too much just to make myself feel better. I want to be at a place where I am OK with being alone. Where do I even start?" – Lonely in San Diego

Dear Lonely in San Diego,

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CDC: Smoking is “70% higher in the LGBT community,” burdens healthcare system | VIDEO

Ellie Nicholas, who calls herself a people lover, thoroughly enjoyed bartending in New York. Whether working in gay bars or straight pubs, she was good at her job and earned a comfortable living.

Then she started getting sick. So sick that she had to be hospitalized for several days at a time. "I had trouble breathing,” she said. “It was terrifying!" Doctors would diagnose that she had asthma, a condition that still bothers her more than two decades later.

Chula Vista mayor to preside over ribbon-cutting for grand opening of lesbian-owned gym

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Mayor Cheryl Cox will perform the official ribbon-cutting at the grand opening of a lesbian-owned business.

Mayor Cox will preside over the ceremony marking the opening of Fierce CrossFit Gym, 861 Harold Place, Suite 211, Chula Vista, CA 91914.

The grand opening will run from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, March 23 at the gym.

Meningitis strain is killing gay men in NYC, officials say

It is a variant of a disease that can go from a fever and headache to a galloping rash and then to death within hours — so quickly that some victims have been found dead in bed before they could even get to a doctor. Over the last two years, it has appeared only among men, and they often got it, health officials say, through anonymous sexual encounters with other men found through Internet chat rooms or digital apps or at parties, making it all but impossible to trace the path of infection.

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Adam Winter Lifestyle in Hillcrest has grand opening | VIDEO

SAN DIEGO -- Popular personal trainer Adam Winter has opened his new studio in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego.

Adam Winter Lifestyle is located at 1727 University Ave. in a 1,500-square-foot light and airy studio.

The grand opening will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 4 to 6 pm. All are welcome to stop in to meet Winter, see the studio, partake in smoothies, healthy juices and snacks, and receive a special introductory offer.

Study shows UK gay men's HIV infection rate soars despite testing

Efforts to reduce HIV transmission among UK gay and bisexual men over the past decade have failed, according to a new study.

The research published in today’s Lancet (Feb .1) shows that infection rates have remained stable despite increased testing and treatment.

While there has been a four-fold increase in testing rate and an advance in treatment uptake from 69 to 80 percent, new infections in England and Wales have flat-lined at 2,300 to 2,500 a year.

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14 signs of possible mental illness in youth and how to help

As we settle into 2013, the aftermath of the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary is still very unsettling for many of us who are asking how we can help prevent something like this from ever happening again; hence the recent gun law debates and changes in gun laws.

But how can we help individually? One way is to educate ourselves on the signs of mental illness in teens or young adults and how to help the person who may be ill.

Here are 14 signs that teens or young adults might possibly have a mental illness or problem:

* Feelings of worthlessness

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Scott Herman's Getting Fit VIDEO: My tricep workout

This week, Scott Herman again shares one of his classic videos, showing off his tricep workout. Give it a try!

Enjoy - we are waiting for you on our Facebook Community page where you will find more FREE fitness tips.

Follow this link to visit Scott Herman's YouTube Channel.

California: LGBT community meeting in San Bernardino focuses on mental health

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Members of the gay and lesbian community gathered Thursday with health officials at First Congregational United Church of Christ for the first of several town-hall meetings to be held statewide over mental-health concerns and access to care.

The meetings follow a recent report by Equality California and Mental Health America of Northern California titled "First Do No Harm: Reducing Disparities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning Populations in California."

Oregon to remove gender identity exclusion for transgender employees from state health plan

PORTLAND, Ore. -- - Lambda Legal announced today that the State of Oregon has changed an employee health care policy to remove all language that denies coverage to transgender people for transition-related health care.

The change came in response to a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal and cooperating attorney Jennifer Middleton on behalf of Alec Esquivel, who was denied insurance coverage as a State employee for a medically necessary surgery because he is transgender.