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.

Detox
Summer sun
Covid-19

FDA just authorized Covid-19 vaccines for kids under 5. Here’s what parents need to know

The Biden Administration signaled it would like to have vaccines available for this group as soon as June 21.

Covid-19

Paxlovid and rebound Covid-19 infections: What you need to know

Researchers are still not sure what causes this form of rebound Covid-19.

Don't Panic

Monkeypox is spreading around the world — here's why you shouldn't panic

An unusually high number of cases have been found in places where the virus isn't endemic.

Disease Detectives

Mysterious hepatitis outbreaks in children are confounding doctors — here's why the cause is still unclear

More than two dozen children have needed liver transplants globally, including 15 children in the United States alone.

Influenza
Abortion Rights

What overturning Roe means for medication abortion

“The fact that there's an FDA-approved drug for use up to 10 weeks and states are saying ‘no, you can only use it for six,’ makes no sense.”

Abortion Rights

Overturning Roe v. Wade will make the U.S.’s horrifying maternal mortality rates even worse

Maternal mortality rates have been increasing in the United States for decades.

Mind and Body

More than half of Americans have had Covid-19 — here's how to tell if you are one of them

The CDC says 60 percent of people in the U.S. have contracted Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

ADHD

5 things people get wrong about adult ADHD

"There's a lot of work to be done in creating a more nuanced and inclusive view of ADHD."

Fact Check

Here's what drinking aloe vera juice really does to your body

A nutritionist explains the dangers of this new TikTok trend.

Burn

Should you tan your balls? Men's health experts debunk testicular tanning

A urologist weighs in on that viral Tucker Carlson segment.

Mind and Body

Mask recommendations are constantly in flux — here's the last mask guide you'll ever need

Few mitigation measures have inflamed tensions more than masks and mask mandates.

That bites

Zika discovery: One plausible mutation could make the virus more dangerous

The finding underscores the importance of surveillance studies.

Crosstalk

New brain scans may reveal why psilocybin is such a potent antidepressant

In a brain-to-brain comparison with traditional antidepressants, psilocybin is the clear winner.

Sleep on it

Melatonin won't cure your sleep problems — and it might even be harmful

From widely varying supplement content to limited, temporary efficacy, experts say there are better ways of getting good sleep.

Mind and Body

Overconfidence kills: The CDC and WHO still haven’t learned how to effectively communicate uncertainty

If there's one communications lesson from the pandemic, it's the importance of navigating uncertainty.

Balance
Double helix

20 years after the Human Genome Project, researchers decipher the missing 8 percent of human DNA

A decade ago, researchers sequenced 92 percent of the human genome. They just cracked the last 8 percent.