A $28,395 bill to diagnose a cold. (Yes, you read that right.)

When public policy consultant Alexa Kasdan had what felt like a cold that wouldn't let up, she visited her doctor and underwent some seemingly simple tests—only to learn later that the episode generated a $28,395.50 bill, Richard Harris reports for NPR's "Shots."

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Are you 'too busy' to exercise? This chart says probably not.

Every year, many Americans set a New Year's resolution to lose weight then give it up due to time constraints—but recent research suggests they might have more leisure time than they think, Gretchen Reynolds reports for the New York Times.

FDA bans sales of most flavored e-cigarettes

FDA on Thursday issued new guidance ordering companies to stop manufacturing, distributing, and selling certain unauthorized cartridge-based, flavored e-cigarettes by early February, but the new policy does not go as far as the agency initially had proposed—sparking pushback from public health groups and Democratic lawmakers.

Weekend reads: Your bedroom might be too warm for good sleep

Small talk might be more important than you realized, what happens to your body when you adopt an "intermittent fast" diet, and more.

Does hospital M&A improve care quality? This new study says no.

A recent wave of hospital acquisitions and mergers did not change care quality at acquired hospitals and, in some cases, care quality got worse, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Weekly line: The 3 biggest health policy issues to watch in 2020

Health care was a big focus for policymakers, political candidates, and voters in 2019, and 2020 will be no different. Advisory Board's Ashley Fuoco Antonelli outlines 3 key things to watch for as Congress returns from recess and the presidential race heats up.

Around the nation: 17 providers from Einstein Medical Center labor and delivery ward gave birth in 2019

Two more clinicians are expected to give birth early this year, according to CNN, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.