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

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.

Covid-19

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.

Mind and Body

Does the Best Workout Exist? Exercise Scientists All Agree on One Thing

Here’s what researchers say about the most optimal ways to exercise.

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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.

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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.

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Mind and Body
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Detox

Prescription poop could be the future of medicine

A recent FDA approval is likely only the start of a promising future for prescription poop.

Good Trip

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.

Detox

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.

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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.

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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.

Covid-19

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.

Detox

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?

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