About the Author

Diane Muhlfeld

Diane Muhlfeld

Editor/writer Diane Muhlfeld joined Belvoir Media Group in 1996. Since 2002, she has focused on the company's growing health publishing division, which comprises 11 institution-affiliated newsletters and 24 annual Special Reports on various medical conditions and disorders, an exercise series, and numerous nutrition-oriented topics. Prior to her health publishing work, Muhlfed was involved in multiple Belvoir titles in other areas, including boating, aviation, antiques, and animal divisions. Muhlfeld first got into publishing after graduating from college, when she worked as an assistant editor at American Aviation Publications in Washington, DC, eventually covering the House and Senate for aviation legislation. After moving to the New York area, Muhlfeld spent six years as an editor for Yacht Racing Magazine, covering a variety of sailboat racing topics and personalities. She later worked for Greenwich Magazine in Greenwich, Conn., as a columnist and restaurant reviewer for the magazine’s "What’s New" monthly column and as a news-feature writer.

Articles by Diane Muhlfeld

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Q&A: Brain Aneurysm; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; ALS

Q. My husband has a small brain aneurysm. What are the chances that it will rupture?
A. Brain aneurysms are weak, bulging areas in arteries that supply blood to the brain. They have a greater chance of rupturing if they are growing larger than if they remain stable, according to recent

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Newsbriefs: Trans Fats; Heart Attack Risk

New York Proves That Banning Trans Fats Reduces Heart Attacks.
You’ve heard that trans fats are harmful, and that you should ban this form of cholesterol from your diet. Now there’s solid proof this advice is good medicine. In 2007, some counties in New York state began restricting the use of

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Another HDL-Raising Drug Fails the Test

High levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol help protect against heart disease, which is why it is called the “good” cholesterol. People with naturally high levels of HDL have fewer heart attacks and strokes than those with lower levels. Yet it is becoming all too clear that raising HDL with

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Newsbriefs: Skipping Meals; Nutrition Quality

Impact of Skipping Meals.
Compared to eating three meals a day, skipping breakfast results in higher insulin concentrations and increased fat oxidation than skipping dinner, suggesting that prolonged fasting may result in low-grade inflammation and an impaired glucose balance. Skipping either meal increases energy expenditure. Participants had a breakfast- and dinner-skipping

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Central Obesity Is Dangerous, Even for Normal-Weight People

Normal-weight people who carry their weight around their middles are at highest risk of death from any cause compared to people who are overweight or obese, but who carry their weight elsewhere, such as in their hips and legs.r
Why Does Central Obesity Matter? Visceral, or intra-abdominal, fat surrounds internal organs,

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Newsbriefs: Chronic Pain; OA; Hip Fractures

Physical Activity Might Lower the Risk of Chronic Pain in Older Adults.
Research at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has provided the first evidence that physical activity may help older adults lower their risk of developing pain. In a series of experiments with 51 adults between ages 60 to 77, the participants

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Treating Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain can develop following a physical nerve injury, or medical illnesses such as diabetes or shingles. Neuropathic pain can develop and often lingers after the original injury heals because nerve cell dysfunction—not the original injury—is the cause. As pain signals are repeated over long periods of time, the spinal

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Newsbriefs: Alcohol Dependence; MCI Test; Walking

Brain Change May Power Alcohol Dependence. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found an important difference in alcohol-dependent brains compared to nondependent brains, in a recent study using mouse models. The finding may lead to personalized treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) and alcoholism. In the study, alcohol appeared

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Divorce and Widowhood: A Risk for Alcohol Abuse Disorder

Divorce and loss of a spouse are frequently precursors to alcohol use disorder (AUD), according to a recent Swedish study of 942,366 men and women. On the upside, remarriage offers protective benefits against subsequent AUD, researchers found, due to many marriage benefits, including spousal monitoring and moderating one another’s health-related

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Newsbriefs: AMD Medication; Hearing Aids

Breakthrough in AMD Medication Delivery.
The frightening and painful monthly injections to treat age-related macular degeneration may be replaced by simple eye drops, according to researchers from the University of Birmingham (UK), who have developed the eye drops. In addition to being painful, the injections also can lead to tearing and