Lindsey Theis

Lindsey Theis

Lindsey Theis

Health and Wellness Reporter

Lindsey Theis (which rhymes with "peace") is an award-winning storyteller who joined Scripps News in 2018 with a focus on health and science. During 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic became the health story that's demanded constant reporting, but Lindsey's also covered groundbreaking treatments, on the ground impacts of natural disasters like wildfires and floods, and problems and solutions related to various mental health topics.  She believes in telling stories that make the science aspect simple to communicate, and the health aspect focused on what matters to patients. Outside of news, Lindsey's a novice watercolor painter and comedy nerd; she performs and teaches improv comedy and helps run a comedy nonprofit she co-founded. Lindsey is based in San Francisco, California. 

Recent Work
A spiced turkey

Here are some tips you need to know for Thanksgiving food safety

President Jimmy Carter, right, and first lady Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter leaves legacy of mental health advocacy

Food and Drug Administration sign

Researchers testing out drug for Alzheimer's prevention

Stanford's Human Performance Lab

New motion-capture app captures complex health data with a cellphone

Doctor doing an ultrasound on a pregnant woman

The CDC has new recommendations for testing infants for hepatitis C

Microscopic photo of how sickle cell looks under a microscope

FDA advisers review sickle cell treatment that could cure the disease

Doctor working in IVF lab

New definition of infertility broadens to include LGBTQ+ community

A banner that reads "Lewiston Strong"

Maine's biggest mass shooting will require community healing

The outside of a hospital

How a hospital in Maine is treating victims of a mass shooting

A set of pots and pans

Study finds 'forever chemicals' increase risk of thyroid cancer

A man collecting tobacco leaves

What role will heated tobacco products have if there is a menthol ban?

Colorized electron microscope image shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Scientists offer a new explanation for long COVID

Dr. Ankit Bharat preparing for surgery

What are the challenges to getting a lung transplant?

Animation of a proton therapy treatment gantry.

High-dose proton radiation could shorten breast cancer treatment

Neurosurgeon Ian Kaminsky holds an experimental device for treating aneurysms

Brain aneurysm treatment may speed recovery and lessen complications

Frontline healthcare workers marching

Workers getting closer to starting strike against Kaiser Permanente

A health care worker risks arrest to draw attention to the growing patient care

Kaiser Permanente employees issue strike notice

Fluids are controlled in an operating room in a hospital

Digital health care helping patients with cancer cut medical costs

A cow in an artificial placenta bag

FDA meeting this week on development of artificial womb technology

Pfizer shows a single-dose vial of the company's updated COVID vaccine

Who should get the newly approved COVID shot?

A box of Narcan

Over-the-counter sales of Narcan to begin this week

Daniel Dickert wades through debris in floodwater in front of his Florida home

Bacteria and waste in floodwater from hurricanes pose health risks

Bronny James on the basketball court

Bronny James' cardiac arrest was due to a congenital condition

Patient undergoing dialysis treatment

Researchers testing new bionic kidney for kidney disease patients

A woman digs through rubble of a home destroyed by a wildfire.

Maui fire aftermath: Water and ash come with health concerns

Medical staff control fluids in an operating room

Millions are losing Medicaid insurance as COVID-era rule ends

Passengers waiting to board a flight

Airlines help more than 11,000 passengers escape Maui wildfires

Virtual hospital room

Kids are using virtual reality to design their own hospital rooms

Patient and a nurse at home

What is hospital-at-home, and what's the debate about it?

Gurney outside a hospital room

Thousands of Black kidney transplant patients get medical reparations