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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.

AFP Photo/Desiree Martin

This story has been updated.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.