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

A Simple Sitting-Standing Test Can Assess Your Mortality Risk

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Here’s a test for those in the reading audience who are over 50 (or for anyone of any age, if you’re curious). It’s pretty simple – just sit down on the floor, and then stand up again, but without using either your hands or your knees to help you accomplish this. Sounds simple, right? But give it a try. This is the test that Brazilian researchers gave to over 2,000 men and women...

Does Being ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ Make People More Prone to Mental Problems?

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Every so often as a science writer I run across research findings that I just know are going to become controversial. This is one such instance. Much has been written in the popular press about the growing tendency for people to self-identify in census surveys or public opinion polls as “spiritual but not religious.” Such people identify more with “SBNR” (as the phrase...

How to Keep From Giving Your Flu to Others

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The 2012-2013 flu season is off to an early start, and officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning that it’s likely to be a big one, with as many as a quarter of a million Americans hospitalized by serious cases of the flu, and as many as 40,000 of them dying as the result of complications from it, such as pneumonia. The CDC is naturally urging people to get flu...

When Your Phone Knows More About How You’re Feeling Than You Do

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Your mobile phone rings. When you answer it, you hear a voice saying: “Hello. This is your iPhone. Are you feeling OK? I’m detecting hints of sadness in your voice, interspersed with anger. Should I call your therapist for you? Would you like a hug?” OK, this is still science fiction, but the reality of it is getting closer. Scientists at the University of Rochester have already...

Americans’ Commuting Habits Are Making Them Obese

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That, sadly, is the finding of a new study on methods of active transport in the United States, recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Active transport is defined as walking, biking, non-motorized wheelchairs, skateboarding, or inline skating, and most health authorities agree that these are important elements in the fight to keep any society fit and healthy...

To Be Less Sensitive to Pain, Sleep Longer

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The number of people suffering from chronic pain is staggering. In a recent Gallup poll, 47% of American adults reported that they experience chronic neck, back, leg, knee or some other form of chronic pain on a regular basis. The amount of money spent on pain relievers and therapies to manage this pain every year is in the hundreds of billions of dollars, an average of $2,000 for every adult...

Kids With TVs in Their Bedrooms Twice as Likely to Become Obese

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Add one more item to the list of things shown to contribute to childhood obesity, such as school lunchrooms serving “pink slime” and binging on junk food and long periods of inactivity caused by video game, mobile phone, and computer use. Now there is a study that shows that children who have a TV in their bedrooms are at increased risk of becoming obese. In the study, previewed this...

Inflammatory Brain Chemical Linked to Suicide

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Inflammation seems to be the new suspected cause for a number of common (and distressingly, becoming more common every day) diseases and disorders. Inflammation, from the Latin word inflammo, meaning to ignite or set afire, describes the human body’s complex biological reaction to a number of different stimuli. In many cases, similar to the phenomenon which causes some people to die from a...

Treating Gum Disease May Improve Your Sex Life…

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An interesting new study from Turkey adds to growing evidence that there is an association between gum disease and erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is on the rise worldwide, even if the affected organs are not. The worldwide market for drugs to combat ED (such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and others) long ago exceeded the 5 billion dollar per year mark. The average cost per dose of...

Is IQ a Myth?

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Many years ago, back when I was in high school, like everyone in my class I wound up taking a bunch of intelligence tests. I did well enough on them that my teachers began to berate me for being somewhat of a slacker, and “not living up to my potential.” They were right, of course, because from my point of view I was just passing time in high school, hoping just to survive it and get...

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