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HIV Scare Shuts Down Southern California Porn Industry

HIV Scare Shuts Down Southern California Porn Industry

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Southern California's billion-dollar pornography industry has temporarily shut down after a performer was found to be HIV-positive, Molly Hennessy-Fiske reports for the Los Angeles Times. Some performers are now demanding mandatory condom use on set.

Health Insurance: Will new health reform-mandated program forcing health insurers to comprehensively document and justify rate increases of more than 10 percent help control consumers' costs? Janet Adamy examines the new program for the Wall St. Journal.

Flu Shot Cutbacks: Massachusetts' financially-strapped public health agency is cutting by more than half the number of free flu shots it typically provides to low-income residents, Chelsea Conaboy reports for the Boston Globe. Local doctors say that will mean many uninsured people and community clinic patients may forego immunizations this flu season.

Health Costs: One doctor details how he helped 500 patients each save about $17,000 over a year simply by recommending cheaper treatments and prescriptions and eliminating unnecessary medical care.

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