Marian Freedman

Marian Freedman is a freelance medical editor and writer based in Watchung, NJ. She is a contributing editor to Contemporary Pediatrics, as well as chief editor for MedEdits, a medical education consulting firm.

Latest by Marian Freedman

Lifestyle Factors That Increase Stomach Cancer Risk

Factors associated with increased stomach cancer risk include alcohol intake, eating preserved and processed foods and meats, and being overweight or obese.

Why Walking a Dog Does a Body Good

Dog walkers have better health than non–dog walkers, according to several measures, including fewer chronic health conditions, lower body mass index, and more.

'Probable' Dementia Linked to Unsafe Behavior

Older adults diagnosed with probable dementia are more likely to pursue unsafe activities than those with possible or no dementia.

Verbal Skills of Women With Dementia

In the early stages of dementia women’s verbal memory skills are better than men’s, even when they have similar brain shrinkage. But this may mask a problem.

Ongoing Depression May Raise Risk of Dementia

When symptoms of depression escalate during later life, the risk of developing dementia increases.

Doctors Sometimes Miss Mild Cognitive Impairment

Standard techniques for detecting mild cognitive impairment sometimes falsely classify people with the condition as cognitively normal.

Can Exercise Prevent Mental Decline?

Older people who engage in moderate to heavy exercise experience far less cognitive decline than those who get little or no exercise.

Seafood May Protect Against Cognitive Decline

Eating seafood can protect against decline in specific areas of cognition, especially in people with a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s.

Do Infections Trigger Alzheimer's Disease?

Beta-amyloid, a key culprit in Alzheimer’s, is also part of the immune system, leading scientists to speculate that infections might trigger the disease.

Low Vitamin B12 Levels Linked to Brain Aging

Low levels of vitamin B12 and high levels of homocysteine, an amino acid, may be associated with accelerated brain aging in older adults.