Katie MacBride is a health science reporter for Inverse. She covers mental health, the pandemic, drugs, and basically anything that affects the body.
Prior to joining the Inverse team, she wrote for Vice News, Rolling Stone, The Daily Beast, and Playboy, among other publications. In 2018, Katie was a story and field producer for Weediatrics, a documentary about the pediatric use of medical cannabis. In 2015, she and some friends started Anxy, a magazine about mental health.
Prior to her forays into journalism, Katie was a public librarian. When she’s not working, Katie can be found hanging out with her dog, rewatching TV shows she’s seen a million times, reading, and going to Lake Tahoe as much as humanly possible. She also spends way too much time on Twitter, where you can follow her @msmacb.
A dangerous substance is currently spreading through the illicit drug supply
This so-called “tranq dope” has been linked to an increasing number of overdose deaths and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Are ‘Clean Beauty’ Products Worth It? Dermatologists Break Down the Wellness Trend
"Unfortunately, many cosmetic and skincare companies are using a lot of substances that really do not belong in skincare."
What is Medical PTSD? How Trauma Can Manifest Following Health Treatment
“I think the thing that's unique about [medical PTSD] is that it's different from a purely external trauma. The ongoing threat is within the body, it’s something that we can't get away from.”
Can Cannabis Help Treat Cancer? Researchers Are Getting Closer To An Answer
Much of the research is still in the early stages, but certain compounds in cannabis show cancer-fighting promise.
New Research Reveals Why CBD Is Such An Effective Treatment For Seizure Disorders
The novel findings give us insight into other common conditions as well.
Intermittent Fasting May Be Linked to Binge-Eating Behavior — Study
Research suggests there are dangers to intermittent fasting.
Pandemic telehealth was a boon to people with psychiatric conditions — what happens when it ends?
Psychiatric telehealth is far from perfect, but experts say blanket guidelines are both impractical and unsafe.
An understudied psychedelic could be a promising new mental health treatment
In the so-called "psychedelic renaissance," research into one substance has lagged behind the others.
Does light therapy for seasonal affective disorder actually work?
It’s more than just the “winter blues.”
Why Won’t My Cough Go Away? Doctors Explain Why This Symptom Lingers
Your postinfectious cough will likely resolve on its own, but there are things you can do to manage the symptoms and potentially speed up the healing process.
Is the Bivalent Covid-19 Booster Still Worth It? Here's What the Latest CDC Data Shows
When taken in conjunction with other studies evaluating bivalent boosters against omicron subvariants, the CDC’s data is promising.
Does the Best Workout Exist? Exercise Scientists All Agree on One Thing
Here’s what researchers say about the most optimal ways to exercise.
Is alcohol bad for your health? Here's what the science actually says
U.S. dietary guidelines for alcohol intake are two drinks or less per day for men and one drink per day or less for women.
Can spicy food boost our gut health? Here's what the science says
Foods that help the microbiome flourish could provide a host of health benefits.
XBB.1.5 is spreading rapidly across the U.S. Here's why you shouldn't panic.
Don’t panic, but do take precautions.
Are you exhausted or just tired? Experts explain the unique condition and how to combat it
Exhaustion isn’t the same as being tired.
Do genetics determine how you respond to psychedelics? A new study suggests they might
"Some of the differences here are pretty big."
Prescription poop could be the future of medicine
A recent FDA approval is likely only the start of a promising future for prescription poop.
How Colorado’s radical decriminalization efforts may herald a new era for psychedelics
Colorado and Oregon are setting the stage, in distinct ways, for how to legalize psychedelic medicine.
Microbiome home test kits are the wild west of gut health
Direct-to-consumer gut microbiome tests are increasingly popular, but experts argue they may do more harm than good.