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: PsA; Sandwiches; Cancer Treatment

Q. What is psoriatic arthritis, and what makes it different from other types of arthritis?
A. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory arthritis; its symptoms mimic other forms of arthritis, so it is often difficult to diagnose. Symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, swollen fingers and toes, changes in nails, such

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Newsbriefs: Parkinson’s; Mindfulness

New Theory for Parkinson’s Development.
For years it’s been thought that the toxic protein alpha-synuclein, associated with development of Parkinson’s disease, spread from nerve cell to nerve cell. New findings, however, propose that the protein spreads throughout the body at the same time, affecting different parts of the nervous system to

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Social Phobia: Crippling, but Treatable

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is an extremely common condition that affects about seven percent of all Americans. The condition imposes an enormous burden on people who suffer from it, impacting their everyday social and occupational lives, to the extent that the mere anticipation of an event—such as eating or drinking

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Newsbriefs: Cancer Treatment; Cancer Fatigue

Potential New Treatment for Cancer Metastasis.
A new class of drugs targeting estrogen positive breast cancer, already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, may be effective also in treating triple-negative breast cancer, Mayo Clinic researchers announced. CDK4/6 inhibitors could prevent the spread of these cancers to distant organs, however,

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Large Doses of Vitamin C Can Boost Cancer Treatment

Infusing brain and lung cancer patients with 800 to 1,000 times the daily recommended amount (60 mg/day for adults) of vitamin C improved the outcomes of standard cancer treatments in recent clinical trials and was found to extend survival, according to researchers from the University of Iowa. The vitamin works

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Newsbriefs: RA Symptoms; RA Progression

Diet May Impact RA Symptoms.
If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) your diet may worsen or lighten your symptoms of RA, report 24 percent of patients with long-term disease, according to a study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Patients were given a list of 20 foods and surveyed

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RA Treatment: Simpler is Better

Recent research shows that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are more likely to follow a simple drug therapy program, such as methotrexate (MTX) plus a tumor necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi), than follow a “triple-therapy” regimen of MTX, hydroxychloroquine, and sulfasalazine, according to a recent study published in Arthritis Care &

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Newsbriefs: Blood Clots; Heart Attack Prevention; Hypoglycemia

Factor Xa Inhibitor Prevents Recurrent Blood Clots Better than Aspirin.
Patients who have suffered a blood clot in the legs (venous thromboembolism, or VTE) are generally prescribed aspirin to prevent a recurrent episode. Research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 2017 Scientific Sessions suggests that the novel factor Xa (“10a”)

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Newer LDL-Lowering Drug Shows Excellent Benefit

In the ongoing effort to find drugs that safely and effectively reduce cardiovascular events, there’s a new class of stars: PCSK9 inhibitors. These drugs are antibodies directed at the PCSK9 protein, which regulates LDL receptor recycling.  Blocking the protein results in increasing the effective number of receptors, which leads to

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Newsbriefs: Diverticulitis; IBD; Insomnia and Heart Disease

Diverticulitis-Red Meat-Link.
Researchers studied 46,000 male health professionals to determine if high intake of red meat is associated with increased risk for diverticulitis. The 26-year study found that the men in the highest quintile of red meat intake (13.5 servings a week) had an almost 60 percent increased risk for diverticulitis