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.
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.
Are food sensitivity tests accurate? Here's the truth from an immunologist
“These tests are all marketing and no science.”
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.
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.
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?
Indica vs. sativa: A cannabis expert explains whether these two products are actually different
There’s a long history behind the two frequently discussed plants.
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.
Do you get stoned the first time you smoke weed? A doctor debunks a persistent cannabis myth
A doctor explains the reality behind a persistent myth.
Neurologist debunks misconceptions about John Fetterman's stroke recovery
The controversy around Fetterman’s recovery from a stroke is medically inaccurate and generally gross.
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.
How often should you wash your hair? A dermatologist cuts through the hype of the "no-poo" movement
Is there any science behind the “no-poo” movement?
LSD-like drug may treat depression without the "trip" effect — mouse study
If human trials go well, the drug could revolutionize psychiatric pharmacology.
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.
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.
Why you shouldn't sleep in on the weekend (sorry)
We don't like it either.