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
8 questions to ask yourself if you're thinking of becoming a dad
Katie MacBride
Fatherhood is often portrayed as something that just happens to a man. But it's a decision that deserves serious thought.
Fact check
Five dangerous fentanyl myths debunked by science
Katie MacBride
A new study reinforces the “need for science” in law enforcement training.
Mind and Body
Prince Harry's therapy on Apple TV+ gets right one vital truth about trauma
Katie MacBride
The brain is really, really good at quickly adapting to critical stress. Unlearning it? Well, that can take years.
Covid-19
How the common cold can prevent Covid-19 infection
Katie MacBride
The common cold could prime your immune system for a Covid-19 battle.
Hot Vax Summer
Second Covid-19 vaccine timing and 3 other critical questions, answered
Katie MacBride
The window for your second Covid-19 vaccine shot is longer than you think.
Vaxxed and waxed
Hot vax summer: The sexiest summer of your life has one burning problem
Katie MacBride
With many Americans vaccinated, rumors are this summer is going to be sexy. What not a rumor, meanwhile, are rising rates of STIs. Here's how to manage.
Detox
Do antidepressants hurt sex drive? Scientists split fact from fiction
Katie MacBride
Antidepressants can be lifesaving. But some men with depression are worried about the sexual side effects.
It's a gas
Treatment-resistant depression: New study proposes ketamine-like solution
Katie MacBride
A new study shows a cousin of ketamine could be an extremely effective antidepressant.
Stress test
Can you inherit stress? Sperm study reveals link to mood
Katie MacBride
Scientists want to know how “generational traumas” affect offspring.
24 hour pharmacy
The military-grade implant that can cure your jet lag and diarrhea
Katie MacBride
The device will use genetically engineered, light-sensitive cells to hack your body’s natural processes.
Natural Selection
New study debunks evolutionary theory explaining male and female bodies
Katie MacBride
Researchers debunk a longstanding hypothesis about human evolution.
Bounce
Naomi Osaka: What a psychiatrist says we can learn from the tennis champ
Katie MacBride
A psychiatrist explains why we should all be more like Osaka.
Just keep swimming
Emerging science debunks the myth of falling sperm counts
Katie MacBride
“Fertility is an extremely complex phenomenon that is affected by a whole range of other factors beyond sperm count.”
Detox
Men and eating disorders: Everything you need to know
Katie MacBride
As many as a third of people with eating disorders are men. It’s time to talk about it.
Have we met?
One physical factor may fundamentally alter how you build relationships
Katie MacBride
It's not as linear as you might think
Mind and Body
Patrick Radden Keefe interview: "They wanted permission to be able to market [OxyContin] to kids"
Katie MacBride
Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe speaks with Inverse about his book on the Sackler family empire, the FDA, Big Pharma, and the Covid-19 vaccine.
detox
Straight married men need to learn one thing from gay couples
Katie MacBride
One Western myth may be making you unhappy. Here's how to get over not being the breadwinner of your family.
Lemon Aid
Magic mushrooms: One weird trick could make psilocybin therapy better
Katie MacBride
You probably have the key ingredient in your kitchen.
daydream believer
New study uncovers the brain networks involved in imagination
Katie MacBride
How we create and the emotions we attribute to imagined futures may be rooted in two different brain networks.
Mind and Body
How to deal with your post-pandemic anxiety, according to experts
Katie MacBride
The CDC changed its guidance on masks before some became ready to change.