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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Low Diastolic Blood Pressure May Damage the Heart

High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure, and treating hypertension can reduce this risk. But while most people worry only about blood pressures being too high, a study published Oct. 16, 2017 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that

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Mediterranean Diet Delivers Better Quality of Life

The Mediterranean diet, the name used loosely to describe the dietary habits of countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, including Greece, Spain, and Italy, is characterized by foods such as olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, fish and poultry, whole grains, minimal red and processed meat intake, low intake of

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Newsbriefs: Memory Decline; Dementia Risk; Lutein; Aerobics

Changes in Gait Can Predict Decline in Memory and Thinking.
A study by researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that certain factors involved in a person’s gait can predict declines in memory and thinking. The study involved 3,426 cognitively normal participants between ages 70 and 89. The researchers used gait criteria,

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Losing Your Sense of Smell Could Be an Early Predictor of Dementia

Impaired olfactory function is associated with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Olfactory functioning (sense of smell) declines in healthy older adults, and is impaired, in terms of odor identification, in people with neurodegenerative conditions, such as MCI and AD.
Previous studies have shown that neurodegeneration can affect brain

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Newsbriefs: Basal Cell Carcinoma; Ovarian Cancer

Topical Skin Cream for Basal Cell Carcinoma.
UK scientists investigated the effectiveness of imiquimod, a topical skin cream, to treat low-risk basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer, compared to standard treatment with Mohs surgery or excisional surgery. Mohs surgery involves removing one layer of tissue at a time,

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Higher Cancer Incidence in Males than in Females

For years, scientists have puzzled over why more males develop cancer than females: In some cancers, the ratio is two to one higher in males than females. Males carry about a 20 percent higher risk than females of developing cancer, which results in 153,000 new additional cases of cancer in

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Newsbriefs: Hearing Aids; Crohn’s Disease; NSAIDs

Easier Access to Hearing Aids Enabled.
In early December 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was supporting the creation of a category of over-the-counter hearing aids in order to enable greater access to millions of Americans who suffer from hearing loss—about 30 million people, according to

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Vestibular Function: Decline and Falls Risk

An estimated 152,000 deaths annually could be attributed to falls as a result of vestibular dysfunction, ranking it the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer, according to a new study published online in Frontiers of Technology Oct. 3, 2016. Research was led by Daniel M. Merfeld,