The Health Memo Roundup offers some highlights from the world of health and wellness you may have missed this week:
- Are Kraft Singles a health food? That’s the contention of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which gave the processed cheese product its “Kids Eat Right” label — angering parents and doctors.
- If you are hoping to maintain your trim figure by opting for diet sodas over the real thing, think again. A decade-long study indicates a link in senior citizens between guzzling diet pop and developing a belly later in life.
- Just because weed is legal in Colorado and Washington doesn’t mean it’s easy for visitors to those states to take part. A burgeoning industry of local guides is helping cannabis pilgrims, who may not be used to acquiring and consuming marijuana products, to enjoy their visit safely.
- In an encouraging example of getting more bang for your buck, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates a certain cholesterol-lowering drug might also be effective at lowering the risks of heart attacks and strokes.
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This story has been updated.