Bedbugs and Your Health – What You Need to Know


The thought of bedbugs is an unpleasant one, which is probably why parents have used the concept for years now to scare children just before going to sleep (a lot of parents it seems are at least mildly sadistic…). But it’s not just children who should be afraid of bedbugs; it’s an idea that most adults probably aren’t too keen on either and they’re certainly not the...

Bug Spray Poisoning


Using insect repellants is a handy way to avoid one of the biggest pitfalls of going on holiday – coming back with big painful bites. At the same time, in some cases if you are going somewhere where malaria is prevalent, then using bug sprays can be a very important way to avoid getting ill (along with the use of immunizations). It’s possible to get too much of a good thing, and if you are...

Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts


Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their garbage disposal; you flip the switch, it does its job. But there really is more to it than we realize and a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to that garbage devouring machine in your sink. You probably take for granted that your garbage disposal does its job every single time, but they do break down and are fairly pricey...

Tips to Get Rid of Sparrows


Sparrows are cute and attractive birds that are fun to watch and will even sometimes eat crumbs out of your hands. While this may be true however, it doesn’t necessary mean that you want them in your back garden. The problem is that they aren’t supposed to be there and this means that they can damage the ecology of the garden and the balance – thereby damaging the native species there...

The Carpet Crawlers – What Dwells in Your Carpet


I don’t mean to make a hypochondriac out of you, but if you knew half of the things that existed in your carpet you would think twice about eating that dropped piece of bread. Here we will look at the things that lurk in our carpets and what they can do to our health if we don’t deal with them – you might just start to see your carpet in a whole different light. The Problem With...

Benefits of Home Humidification


If you have a dehumidifier or bathroom fan then you will be used to removing the moisture from the air in your home. However while too much humidity and moisture in the air is undoubtedly a bad thing, you can also have too little in your home, and it’s just as important to make sure that your humidity doesn’t go below a certain threshold as it is to keep it above one. And this is...

House Mold Symptoms


Having mold in the home is something that many people live with and that can cause many problems both for their property and for their health. It’s a serious complaint that is worse for some people than others, but that needs to be addressed as soon as possible in all cases. Fortunately there are some measures you can take to stop the mold being a problem, but first you need to know how it...

Getting Rid of Gnats


Gnats are a household irritation that can be notoriously difficult to get rid of. Gnats like to live around fruits and vegetables as well as plants. They are particularly common where you might have over-ripe fruits and vegetables and can make a home look unclean and unhealthy. Just to give you an idea of what you’re up against a female gnat can lay 400 or more eggs in their life-time...

I Have Mold in My Home – What Do I Do About It?


Although it’s not as “hot” a “scare story” in the press as it was a few years ago, the problem of toxic mold in our homes is still as relevant as it ever was. And the mold itself is still as dangerous – it’s been proven to be the cause of a number of health problems, ranging from sneezing and coughing to allergic reactions to asthma attacks, and even permanent...

A Summertime Insect Repellent Guide


Ah, summertime. Who among us has not reacted to the warmer weather by wanting to go down to the shore of the lake and enjoy a beautiful sunset? On the other hand, who among us has acted on this desire, only to realize that it is shared by several million swarming insects, all of whom think of us as their dinner? Insects and their bites can very quickly erode the joys of a summer vacation. And...

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.

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