Ali Pattillo

Ali is a health and science reporter based in New York City. Previously, Ali covered health at CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2019 and Dartmouth College in 2017.
Sweater weather
Winter workouts: 6 benefits of exercising in cold weather
Ali Pattillo
Scientists explain why cold weather can supercharge exercise's physiological and mental benefits — if you do it safely.
Limitless
For heart health, exercise has limitless benefits — study
Ali Pattillo
More is better, new data suggests.
Covid-19
Gut microbiome imbalances influence the likelihood of 'long-Covid'
Ali Pattillo
New research suggests gut microbiome disturbances may influence Covid-19 severity.
Strategy
"Mom's spaghetti": 3 studies show how to use stress for good
Ali Pattillo
Research shows how you think about stress influences your body's response to it.
Breathe in
Covid-19 oxygen shortages: Where are they and why are they happening?
Ali Pattillo
With dwindling hospital beds and weary workers, health systems face another limited resource: oxygen to keep patients alive.
Longevity hack
Longevity hack: 1 emotional ability can slow brain aging over a lifetime
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For healthy aging, self-control appears to be an "active ingredient."
power play
Why a specific view of masculinity gave rise to Donald Trump — study
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Political action can be unconsciously swayed by one pivotal belief system.
strategy
Is sitting all day bad for the mind? Researchers shed light on mixed results
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Prolonged sitting hurts the body, but how does it influence the mind?
the best of us
10 exceptional people who made a difference during Covid-19
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Covid-19 heroes who made an outsized difference in the midst of an overwhelming health crisis.
Start fresh
10 diet tips for 2021 backed by scientific research
Ali Pattillo
2020 took a toll on the mind and body. Here's how to reboot your diet in the new year.
Covid-19
10 people who shaped how we think about Covid-19 in 2020
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A spotlight on 10 deeply-relatable people who helped inform our understanding of Covid-19's place in history.
Boost
4 smart ways to strengthen your immune system
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Skip the boosters and stick with science.
Longevity hacks
One common food type could heighten the risk of death by 26 percent
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Food processing "may represent a risk factor for adverse health outcomes."
strategy
Michael Phelps shares 4 strategies to fight pandemic pessimism
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Olympian Michael Phelps shares how to stay positive in a chaotic world.
Space jam
One type of indoor area is especially high-risk for Covid-19 — study
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New fluid dynamics research suggests the six-feet-apart rule should be adjusted hyper-locally, depending on the shape of the space.
Game on
What the NBA bubble taught scientists about jet lag
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The experience of elite athletes offers a lesson for everyone struggling with sleep.
strategy
Looking for a job? How to use LinkedIn and get optimal results
Ali Pattillo
Job searching has gone online. What are the costs?
Try this
Detox science: 4 tricks to actually “cleanse” the body
Ali Pattillo
A fresh start for a new year.
Coronavirus
The first symptoms of Covid-19? Not what doctors originally thought
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"It is reasonable to self-isolate if you experience abrupt smell or taste dysfunction."
Get happy
How you measure happiness depends on where you live
Ali Pattillo
"It is important to realize that the Western-centered viewpoint is not the only viewpoint."