Katie MacBride

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.

The Future of Sleep

Can you become a morning person? Sleep scientists say it's possible

Night owls and early birds might always clash, but your circadian rhythm is absolutely trainable.

Good trip

Mindfulness meditation may be just as effective as anxiety medication — study

In a head-to-head comparison between mindfulness-based stress reduction and escitalopram, the results were about equal.


Do Covid-19 tests expire? Here’s the truth about the home kits

Here’s why the expiration date printed on the box isn’t as straightforward as you might expect.

Good trip

A single dose of psilocybin may alleviate major depression for 12 weeks, study finds

The results may put a psilocybin-based drug one step closer to FDA approval.


Can going outside with wet hair make you sick? A pediatrician reveals the cold truth

Your blow dryer may not prevent you from contracting a cold, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk.

Drug War

Is it finally time to stop drug testing workers?

Workplace drug tests can make or break careers. They also don’t tell employers much. So why are we still using them?

Mind and Body

Researchers discover a compound that may work as a fast antidepressant

Disrupting an interaction responsible for regulating serotonin led to a speedy antidepressant effect in mice.


Is antiperspirant bad for you? Dermatologists debunk the persistent fear

Stories about the harms of antiperspirants have been around for decades. But is there any truth to them?


No, drug dealers aren’t trying to slip kids fentanyl. But fentanyl deaths are spiking

"Rainbow fentanyl" has been making headlines. Experts say that distracts from the more pressing issue.

Mind and Body

Neurologist debunks misconceptions about John Fetterman's stroke recovery

The controversy around Fetterman’s recovery from a stroke is medically inaccurate and generally gross.

Five stars

A new rating system could help you decipher conflicting scientific research

Researchers developed a rating system to help the public separate the signal from the noise.

Don't trip

LSD-like drug may treat depression without the "trip" effect — mouse study

If human trials go well, the drug could revolutionize psychiatric pharmacology.

Abortion rights

4 myths about pregnancy anti-abortion activists don’t want you to know

Anti-abortion legislation is high on inflammatory rhetoric and low on medical accuracy.


Why your pee smells after eating asparagus — and why not everyone can smell it

The odor is no reason to stop eating the super healthy vegetable.

Open wide!

Look: This tiny robot could change medicine forever

It’s hard for us to absorb certain drugs into our bloodstream — but scientists have a solution.