Katie MacBride, Inverse

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San Francisco Bay Area, CA, United States

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

In January of this year, the FDA released a list of updated expiration dates for different at-home rapid Covid-19 tests. → Read More

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

A psilocybin-based drug for treatment-resistant depression may be one step closer to approval, researchers say. → Read More

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

If your mom used to tell you going outside with wet hair would give you a cold, read this. → Read More

Is it finally time to stop drug testing workers?

Today, workplace drug tests are commonplace, but they provide little information about how well a worker will actually perform their job. → Read More

Researchers discover a compound that may work as a fast antidepressant

Scientists in China believe they have made progress toward solving at least some of those antidepressant downsides. → Read More

No, drug dealers are not trying to slip kids fentanyl, researchers say

Fentanyl poses real dangers to certain demographics, but experts say there’s a relatively low risk of “rainbow fentanyl” being passed to children. → Read More

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

Researchers published a study in the journal Nature outlining how they developed an LSD-like drug that produced antidepressant effects without hallucinations. → Read More

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. → Read More

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

Researchers believe the stinky pee culprit in asparagus is a combination of genetics and chemistry/ → Read More

Look: This tiny robot could change medicine forever

A new robotic medicine capsule can increase drugs' effectiveness by delivering it to the bloodstream, saving money and potentially lives. → Read More

Why you shouldn't sleep in on the weekend (sorry)

How sleeping in on the weekend can actually lead to worse sleep habits. → Read More

How to help a loved one through a medical crisis

Helping a loved one navigate a medical crisis can be fraught. Here's how two trauma experts advise navigating it. → Read More

Should you take a personalized multivitamin? A nutrition expert explains one big problem with these regimens

Too much of a micronutrient can be harmful, but too little also can. And what those levels are can be different for different people. → Read More

Air pollution can damage teens' hearts within two hours, study finds

Fine particulate air pollution increased cardiac arrhythmias in teens. → Read More

Peeing Red: What is beeturia and who gets it?

Why do beets turn poop and pee red? The answer lies in the root vegetable's pigment and how our guts process it. → Read More

Psychological distress may increase your odds of getting long Covid, study finds

In a new study, researchers found that people experiencing psychological stress before contracting Covid were more likely to develop long Covid than those who weren’t. → Read More

Can you drink coffee without staining your teeth? Dentists reveal tricks that actually work

There are ways to help prevent the stains that accompany your coffee addiction. → Read More

How to tell if you've been vaccinated against polio

The poliovirus has been detected in wastewater in New York. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, here are a few ways to find out. → Read More

Do I need a polio booster?

The poliovirus has been detected in wastewater in New York. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, here are a few ways to find out. → Read More

Who should get the monkeypox vaccine? Here's how to find out

Certain groups should get the monkeypox vaccine — if they can find it. → Read More