Shayla Love

Shayla Love is a senior staff writer at Vice covering science, medicine, health, drugs, and climate.

climate change

As Animals and Plants Go Extinct, Languages Die Off Too

In the parts of the world where biodiversity is most at risk, words and phrases also face extinction.
Shayla Love
11.20.19
The Other 2020

This Gene Technology Could Change the World. Its Maker Isn’t Sure It Should.

Kevin Esvelt came up with a way to use gene editing for gene drives, a technology that could change the ecological fate of the whole world. How does one scientist deal with the potential ramifications of his own creation?
Shayla Love
11.18.19
mind

Lessons on Anxiety From a Stray Cat

When a cat appeared on my windowsill, I tried to tame it in much the same way that I was attempting to control my anxious mind. I failed at both—but learned something about living with anxiety along the way.
Shayla Love
11.15.19
mind

Can a Trip-Free Psychedelic Still Help People With Depression?

Psilocybin has shown promise for conditions like depression. Now, researchers are asking if the psychedelic experience is absolutely necessary to treat mental health.
Shayla Love
11.7.19
mind

Millions Are Turning to This Drug for Pain and Anxiety. But There’s Almost No Evidence It Works

Gabapentin is approved for treating seizures and nerve pain, yet 95 percent of the time it’s used for other conditions, without strong research to back it up. With recent links to overdose and reports of suicide, why is still being used so much?
Shayla Love
10.31.19
mind

A Big Study on Weed and Mental Health Reveals Just How Little We Know

The findings don’t mean that cannabis doesn’t help mental health—just that we need more research on the effects of weed on the mind.
Shayla Love
10.30.19
Drugs

Scientists Want to Try Using Shrooms to Revive People in Vegetative States

Does psilocybin have the potential to increase consciousness in people who are unresponsive?
Shayla Love
10.16.19
mind

Anxious People Also Get Anxious From Relaxing

There's a name for these feelings: relaxation-induced anxiety.
Shayla Love
10.2.19
mind

This New Oliver Sacks Documentary Is Celebration of Thinking Differently

Sacks was an expert in many areas, but not culture. When Michael Jackson died, Sacks said, “What is Michael Jackson?”
Shayla Love
9.27.19
mind

Keeping Up Appearances As a 'Model Minority' Can Have Serious Mental Health Consequences

The importance of maintaining "face" in Asian cultures goes back thousands of years. In the US, where Asian Americans also grapple with a rampant high-achiever stereotype, people are suffering silently.
Shayla Love
9.10.19
The Borders Issue 2019

The People Lost Between Consciousness and Death

“I knew that I was myself. And that something really bad had happened.”
Shayla Love
9.4.19
mind

Socially Anxious People Are Taking MDMA and Other Psychedelics to Cope

Scientists say that combined with therapy, these drugs could be a promising treatment option.
Shayla Love
8.28.19
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