Many Americans don't know the answers to these 5 questions about the flu. Do you?

The American Academy of Family Physicians recently surveyed U.S. adults to gauge their knowledge of the flu, and the results are not promising: 82% of adults got at least one question wrong, and 28% got them all wrong.

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'A state of war': Officials quarantine Chinese cities as cases of new coronavirus soar

Chinese authorities on Thursday shut down public transportation and began sealing off roadways in Wuhan and two neighboring cities as part of efforts to combat the growing number of cases of a new coronavirus—prompting some experts to question whether the United States is prepared to handle a similar outbreak.

The patient experience doctors often overlook (and how to do better)

Regret is a pervasive feeling in most people's lives, and it's the near misses—if only I'd sought medical help sooner—that can cause the most distress and pain, Dhruv Khullar, a physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, writes for the New York Times' "Well," explaining why it's important for doctors to take this sentiment more seriously.

In a first, Medicare will now cover acupuncture (but only in certain cases)

CMS on Tuesday announced Medicare will cover a maximum of 20 acupuncture sessions per year for beneficiaries with nonspecific, chronic lower back pain.

The most aggressive debt collector in America?

In 2012, Ricardo Gonzalez Jurado fell 25 feet and fractured his heel bone. After surgery and a three-day stay at Brooke Army Medical Center, a military hospital, Gonzalez Jurado recovered—but that was the start of a more than seven-year-long battle with the U.S. government to pay his medical bills, Jared Bennett and Olga Khazan report for The Atlantic.

The lead apron has been standard X-ray attire for 70 years. Is its era ending?

For decades, providers have used lead aprons to shield patients from radiation exposure during X-rays, but recent research has found that lead shielding may be unnecessary, and medical groups are beginning to recommend against the practice, Mary Chris Jaklevic reports for Kaiser Health News.

Around the nation: This teen suffered a heart attack in 2017. Now, he's scoring points on the basketball team.

Jeroy Ellis this month scored his first points in a varsity basketball game at Jeffersonville High School, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Michigan.