Aneri Pattani

Aneri Pattani is a health reporter at Philadelphia Media Network, focusing on health issues among young people. Before moving to the City of Brotherly Love, she was an assistant producer on the health team at WNYC, delving into the healthcare system's failure to support adults with developmental disabilities and tracking down stories about childhood lead exposure in New York City. In the past, she's worked as a James Reston reporting fellow on the health/science desk at The New York Times, and traveled to Liberia on a reporting trip with columnist Nicholas Kristof. She has also written for The Boston Globe, The Texas Tribune, CNBC and The Hartford Courant. Originally from Connecticut, she spent four years in Boston and considers herself a New England girl at heart.

Aneri Pattani appears in the following:

Social media posts warn people not to call 988. Here's what you need to know

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Mental health advocates celebrated the launch of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, but some people voiced concerns that using the service could lead to police involvement or forced hospitalization.


7 years went by before an illegal rape kit bill was completely taken care of

Monday, July 25, 2022

More than 100 million people in the U.S. have medical debt, which can ruin credit and deplete savings. One woman who was hounded for years by debt collectors for a bill she never should have gotten.


North Carolina considers new laws to 'de-weaponize' medical debt and protect patients

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Medical debt can ruin lives, and in many states patients have few financial protections. North Carolina is considering a new law that could lead the way in shielding patients from high medical bills.


Medical debt upended their lives. Here's what it took from them

Thursday, June 16, 2022

First, they were struck by illness and then by medical bills they couldn't pay. Here are seven stories of Americans living under the shadow of health care debt.


To save lives, overdose antidote should be sold over-the-counter, advocates argue

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

With opioid overdoses surging, harm-reduction groups are calling on the FDA to change naloxone's prescription-only status. This would make it easier to get the lifesaving drug to people at risk.


Colleges are turning to science to limit suicide contagion and help heal campuses

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The new strategy is called "postvention." It means having a plan built on truth, compassion and counseling that quickly addresses the mental health needs of friends and classmates after a suicide.


DEA takes aggressive stance toward pharmacies trying to dispense addiction medicine

Monday, November 08, 2021

A West Virginia pharmacist wanted to help those hit by the opioid crisis. But a few years after he began providing medications to treat addiction, drug enforcement raided his pharmacy.


In the quest for a liver transplant, patients are segregated by prior alcohol use

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Many transplant centers require people with alcohol-related liver disease to remain sober for half a year, before becoming eligible for the waiting list for a liver. But this thinking may be changing.


The Bill For His COVID Test In Texas Was A Whopping $54,000

Thursday, September 30, 2021

A businessman from Dallas got a PCR test for the coronavirus at a suburban emergency room. The charge for his test was "egregious" but not illegal, say health care analysts. Here's what happened.


Many ERs Fail People Who Struggle With Addiction. These New Approaches Might Help

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Starting treatment for addiction in the emergency room greatly improves the chances recovery will last, experts say. Cutting red tape, hiring advocates and Uber vouchers can all make a difference.


A Tragic Death Shows How ERs Fail Patients Who Struggle With Addiction

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

ER doctors wanted to hospitalize the young man to help ease his withdrawal from opioid dependence. But he declined because he couldn't afford it. His mom says no one told him he had financial options.


Women Now Drink As Much As Men — Not So Much For Pleasure, But To Cope

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Women aren't just upping their drinking, researchers say. Increasingly they are "drinking to cope," instead of for pleasure — which accelerates the risk of alcohol use disorder and its health damage.


Some Health Workers Say They're Not Refusing The Vaccine, They Just Need Some Time

Friday, February 05, 2021

Low initial vaccine uptake among staffers in nursing homes has ignited debates about whether to penalize, persuade or simply pay them more to get the vaccine. But a little patience might work best.


For Health Care Workers, The Pandemic Is Fueling Renewed Interest In Unions

Monday, January 11, 2021

Many front-line health workers who have faced a perpetual lack of PPE and inconsistent safety measures believe the government and their employers have failed to protect them from COVID-19.


Sleepless Nights, Hair Loss And Cracked Teeth: Pandemic Stress Takes Its Toll

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Reports are on the rise of symptoms such as headaches, stomach problems and flare-ups of autoimmune disorders. Here's why chronic stress can make our bodies hurt, and what to do about it.


Aftereffect Ep8: “They call him Cheese”

Friday, July 20, 2018

Arnaldo is finally leaving Carlton Palms, but will he ever live the life he wants?


Aftereffect Ep7: “The man behind an empire”

Monday, July 16, 2018

It's no accident Carlton Palms has the power it does. This was actually a carefully orchestrated plan carried out by one man who has money and influence, and who knows how to use them.


Aftereffect Ep6: “When they don't behave”

Friday, July 13, 2018

Carlton Palms is known for abuse -- sometimes death -- and has been for long before Arnaldo arrived. Why is the state of Florida so reluctant to close it?


Episode 8: “They call him Cheese”

Friday, July 13, 2018

Arnaldo is finally leaving Carlton Palms, but will he ever live the life he wants?

Aftereffect Ep5: “I need to believe”

Monday, July 09, 2018

A year and a half after the shooting, there are signs of trouble at Arnaldo's new group home, Carlton Palms.