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.
Strategy
Be more productive and creative at work with these 4 tips
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A psychologist explains why play is the antidote to hustle culture.
Mask on
Why the Covid-19 mask became a cultural lightning rod
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"This is the way we can stop this thing dead even before we have a vaccine."
Lockdown
When will social distancing end? The 3 major risks of reopening too soon
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According to a health economist, we’re “playing with fire.”
into the unknown
Scientists pin down a link between happiness and 1 daily activity
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Research reveals a powerful connection between mood and exploration, more than previously known.
Strategy
Military psychologist explains why grit matters as much as intelligence
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“Grit is the flame in which talent grows.”
Dive in
Covid-19 and swimming: The scientific factors you should know
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"I don't see the risk really coming from the water itself."
Plane pandemic
What's it like to fly during Covid-19? Pilots forecast the “eerie” future
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"There's nothing remotely comparable to this."
food mood
How to engineer a comfort food: Why certain flavors make us calm
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"You feel comforted and cocooned."
sun power
What link does vitamin D have with Covid-19? Scientists split fact from fiction
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Can vitamin D supplements really protect you from the coronavirus? Experts say it's time to think critically.
brain blast
Serotonin study explains why some people are more prone to anxiety
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New research untangles anxiety's roots in the brain and points to improved treatment.
Strategy
Can’t stop procrastinating? Disrupt the cycle with one question
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The real reason you procrastinate has nothing to do with time management or willpower.
Covid-19
Mutated coronavirus strains are no reason to panic: Scientists explain why
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Based on the current research, the novel coronavirus is mutating. Scientists explain why mutations are not a reason to panic.
Booze cues
An “alcohol memory trace” in the brain can trigger relapses — study
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"It may even occur unconsciously and still elicit strong feelings of craving."
sleep science
"Unprecedented" study reveals sleeping brains replay waking experiences
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A crucial process called "offline replay" may help store new memories without overwriting the old.
Food for thought
Sea slug study explains what happens when a human brain learns
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New research explains what allows learning to influence behavior.
Strategy
How embracing emotions can propel your career
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Stop leaving your feelings at the office door, experts say.
Buzzed
How does alcohol change immunity? 3 truths about lockdown drinking
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"The important thing is the number of servings rather than the type of beverage."
Heart attack
Coronavirus poses uniquely dangerous threats to the heart, scientists warn
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Covid-19 puts the heart through hell, but a new study points to possible treatment.
Health hazard
Why is Covid-19 killing more men than women? Scientists have 4 theories
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"Being male is a risk factor for death from Covid-19."
Money moves
Study finds a counterintuitive effect wealth has on health
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There's a hidden tradeoff linked to climbing the socioeconomic ladder.