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.
infodemic
Covid-19 misinformation: Doctors reveal the other pandemic we're losing
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Oncologist and science communicator Shikha Jain shares what it's like to spread basic scientific facts, and face harassment, bullying, and threats online.
Science & Chill
5 Netflix nature documentaries that will get you through winter
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Your brain wants to be outside. Trick it with these films.
strategy
4 essential strategies to reboot your life in 2021
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Self-improvement is an inside job. Here's how to start.
Longevity hacks
Exercise and chronic inflammation: Why workouts can combat disease
Ali Pattillo
Researchers discover exercise can counteract the toll of chronic inflammation.
Covid-19
Will the national mask mandate stop Covid-19? What scientists predict
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Public health experts say Biden's national mask mandate is both symbolic and practically meaningful in fighting Covid-19.
Spiritual science
Study finds 2 psychological factors influence supernatural encounters
Ali Pattillo
"What we experience is shaped by how we pay attention."
Hard-wired
Learning an instrument can structurally change the brain — study
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"We can change the way our brains are wired."
Strategy
Why do our minds wander? Brain study shows benefits of daydreaming
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Researchers outline the cognitive benefits of daydreaming, developing a way to detect different trains of thought in the brain.
Coronavirus
Study: Covid-19 could pose a “global threat” to male fertility
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Emerging evidence suggests "the possibility of testicular damage due to Covid-19."
Overlap
Are depression and intelligence related? Scientists say the answer is in our genes
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Scientists combed through a massive genetic dataset and discovered depression and intelligence have a "dual relationship," with mixed effects.
Strategy
Studies show 1 brain hack can stop addiction cold
Ali Pattillo
Why curiosity may be the antidote to addiction.
Longevity Hacks
Landmark study reveals 1 factor links gut health and long life
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Microbiome researchers find the strongest links to date connecting diet, gut health, and disease.
Sweater weather
Winter workouts: 6 benefits of exercising in cold weather
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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
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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?