Michelle Pugle, BA | MA

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Expert Health Writer


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Helping people access accurate information about their physical and mental health one interview and article at a time.
Nearly a decade of experience in online media as a professional web writer, researcher, editor, and content manager. 
Author of Ana, Mia & Me: A Memoir From An Anorexic Teen Mind.

Selected Works

Is Arthritis Hereditary?

There is no simple answer to whether or not arthritis is hereditary. This group of rheumatic diseases includes 100 different types of arthritis, with the two most common being rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

How Houseplants Help with Mental Health

Garden therapy is a real thing and it isn't limited to the outdoors. Apartment plants, houseplants, basement plants...gardens can be created in small spaces everywhere with a little know-how and time (both of which pay back with positive gains for mental wellness). 

Experts agree the benefits of having these conversations far outweigh any fears, particularly because isolation is a major trigger in all types of substance abuse

How Sleep ‘Cleanses’ Your Brain and Helps Lower Your Dementia Risk

A new study indicates that the brain goes through a “cleansing” process while you sleep. Experts say this cleansing washes away proteins that accumulate during the day and can help lower the risk of dementia. Experts say there are a number of tips for getting better sleep, ranging from a consistent wake-up time to how you style your bedroom.

Exercise, Diet, and Alcohol: New Guidelines to Reduce Risk

American Cancer Society's new guidelines offer advice on how to reduce risk of diseas

The Death Toll from Excessive Alcohol Consumption: What You Need to Know

The researchers concluded that while more than half of these deaths were due to health effects from drinking too much over time, the short-term health effects from consuming a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time accounted for the majority of the years of potential life lost.

Children of Mothers with Depression More Likely to Develop Depression

Children of mothers who experienced perinatal depression have a 70 percent higher risk of developing depression in adolescence and adulthood.

Why Some Experts Think Suicide Prevention Should Begin in Elementary School

Researchers say programs that focus on how to deal with emotions can help suicide attempts in young children.

Jamie Lee Curtis Did It... How People Hide Their Opioid Addictions

Mood swings and drowsiness are two of the signs a friend or loved one could be addicted to opioids.