AuthorJuliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH, has been involved in health communications since 1991. Shortly after obtaining her Master of Public Health degree, she began her career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Juliette now lives in Europe, where she launched ServingMed(.)com, a small medical writing and editing business for health professionals all over the world. Juliette's resume, facebook: juliette.siegfriedmph, linkedin: juliettes, (+31) 683 673 767

The Color of a Medicine May Determine Whether You Keep Taking It

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We’ve all read about the enormous problem that placebos are causing the pharmaceutical industry lately. More and more, drug companies are unable to prove that their drugs perform better than a placebo (an inert substitute for the real drug, commonly a colored sugar pill) in clinical trials. In other words, patients who take the fake drugs or placebos get better or find relief from their...

Will You Recognize Yourself in Ten Years?

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If you had been asked ten years ago to write a description of yourself ten years hence (meaning now), how accurate do you think it would have been? Do you think that you would have been able to anticipate the changes you might go through, what those changes might do to your beliefs, your tastes, your core values, and your basic personality? Well, science says that if you believe this, you would...

Could Thinking of Abraham Lincoln Help You to Make Wiser Food Choices?

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One of the challenges of making wiser dietary decisions – for example, choosing a healthy snack like fruit or nuts vs. a snack loaded with sugar, fats, and carbohydrates – is overcoming the forces of marketing that are beamed at us continually. The ads for junk foods we see in magazines and on TV and even on the wrappers or boxes of the foods themselves are often full of attractive men and women...

What Does Pancreatic Cancer Fear Most – The Thunder God Vine or a 15-Year-Old Boy?

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Writing “health news” articles for a living, one cannot help but notice that sometimes there seems to be a “disease of the day,” meaning that a number of seemingly-unrelated studies and news releases show up at the same time, about the same disorder or condition. The “disease of the day” one day last week was pancreatic cancer. One research study and one news...

How Cyborg Snowboarding Lessons Might Help Rehabilitation Therapists

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Most of us have seen one or more of the Terminator movies, and so we know what the term “cyborg” means. The word was first coined in 1960 by scientists working on how to make astronauts more efficient in space, and is short for “cybernetic organism,” meaning a human being whose abilities have been augmented or improved using technology. Over fifty years later, we have any...

Shorter Hospital Stays Seem to Be Working

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One of the trends we are seeing in American health care is that hospitals are releasing patients more quickly, leading to shorter overall stays in in-patient situations. This policy has arisen for many reasons, many of them financial (such as health insurers being unwilling to pay for longer hospitalizations), and some have been concerned that the “shorter stay” policy might be...

New Risk Factor for PTSD – Worrying

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If there is a disorder that characterizes our times, it surely must be post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The numbers of people affected by PTSD are staggering – approximately 8% of Americans (24.4 million people) are estimated to have PTSD at any given time. As a result, the symptoms have become well documented – reactive behavior triggered by the memory of a previous traumatic event...

‘Social Snacking’ – Facebook Users Update Their Status to Feel Less Lonely

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When friends – real, live friends, not “Facebook Friends” – told me about Facebook a few years ago and urged me to sign up, I asked them what it was like. Most of them talked about it in superlatives, saying how great it was to be able to stay in touch with friends all over the world and update them on the latest news and photos from their lives. But one passed along a warning, which...

Your Heart Health May Depend on How Stressed You Think You Are

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Most cardiologists agree that there is a strong relationship between how stressed a person is and the state of their cardiac health; the more stress a person has in their life, the more likelihood there is that person will experience coronary heart disease (CHD). The exact nature of the relationship between stress itself and the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels that characterizes coronary...

Musicians Aren’t Just Playing a Duet, They’re Synchronizing Brains

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One of the strangest phenomena in the world of modern popular music is the enduring affection many people had for a group that emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 60s called the Grateful Dead. Fans (and yes, “fans” in the sense of the root word “fanatics,” from which that term is derived) would follow them from concert to concert, calling themselves...

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH, has been involved in health communications since 1991. Shortly after obtaining her Master of Public Health degree, she began her career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Juliette now lives in Europe, where she launched ServingMed(.)com, a small medical writing and editing business for health professionals all over the world.

Juliette's resume, facebook: juliette.siegfriedmph, linkedin: juliettes, (+31) 683 673 767