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: Dementia; PCOS; Duodenal Ulcers

Q. How can you tell if someone has early-onset dementia?
A. Early-onset dementia refers to having developed dementia before the age of 65. In some people, problems with balance and strength may be the first signs of dementia. In a six-year study of 2,288 men and women age 65 and over,

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Swap Whole Grains for Refined and Reap Greater Health Benefits

Whole grains (WG), comprising wheat, oats, rice, barley, and quinoa, among others, are a major food group recommended by international dietary guidelines because of grains’ association with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
More Evidence That WG Are Good for You. New evidence from a study at Tufts

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Newsbriefs: Gum Bacteria; RA

Gum Bacteria May Lead to RA.
Gum disease has long been associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but recently researchers believe they have found the microbe that can generate the production of antibodies in patients with RA. These markers, found in blood samples of 76 percent of RA patents, are anti-citrullinated protein

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Fibromyalgia Further Worsens Function in Patients with RA

Fully 20 percent of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients also are afflicted with fibromyalgia (FM), compared to 2.5 percent in the general population who suffer from FM alone, according to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Participants were involved in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Rheumatoid

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Newsbriefs: Statins; Thyroid Cancer; Heart Attack Test

Should You Take A Statin To Prevent Heart Disease?
In late 2016, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its 2008 recommendations on statins for the prevention of heart disease (JAMA, Nov. 15, 2016). After weighing benefits and harms, they now suggest adults age 40-75 with no history of coronary artery

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New Heart Drug Proves Superior to Aspirin

Patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) or peripheral artery disease (PAD) usually take a daily aspirin to help prevent their platelets from clumping together and forming clots (thrombi). This keeps their blood flowing smoothly through arteries that have been narrowed by atherosclerosis.
In 2013 Bayer, the makers of the new antithrombotic

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Newsbriefs: COPD Treatment; Intestinal Infection Treatment

COPD Treatment Guidelines Revised.
The Global Initiative for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) released revised and updated recommendations for assessing COPD, therapies, nonpharmacologic therapies and COPD and common comorbidities, its third revision since 2001. Highlights of the report include recommendations to 1) separate spirometric values

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Probiotics Can Help Reduce Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

Despite its beauty, the spring blooming season is unwelcome among people who suffer from hay fever, who know too well the toll that allergies can take, including constant runny nose, sneezing, lack of sleep, and post-nasal drip, among others symptoms. Unfortunately, available allergy medications have unpleasant side effects, including dry