New York Times – Muted Response From Health Lobby as Affordable Care Act Faces Repeal
The speed of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act has stunned health industry lobbyists, leaving representatives in disarray and struggling for a response to a legislative quick strike that would upend much of the American health care system. “More than 20 million people could lose their health insurance, and states could lose billions of dollars in Medicaid money,” said Kenneth E. Raske. But, he added, many health care executives “don’t want to get on the wrong side of the new administration or the Republican majority in Congress.”

Fox News – Smoking costs $1 trillion, soon to kill 8 million a year, study finds
Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a new study. That cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes, which the WHO estimated at about $269 billion in 2013-2014.

CNN – Third of breast cancer patients treated unnecessarily, study says
One in three women with breast cancer detected by a mammogram is treated unnecessarily, because screening tests found tumors that are so slow-growing that they’re essentially harmless, according to a Danish study which has renewed debate over the value of early detection.

BBC – Weekend exercise alone ‘has significant health benefits’
Cramming all your recommended weekly exercise into one or two weekend sessions is enough to produce important health benefits, a study suggests. And being active without managing 150 minutes of moderate activity a week was still enough to reduce the risk of an early death by a third.