Aalok Mehta

Aalok Mehta

  • Science Writer
  • Freelance

Aalok Mehta is a science writer based in Washington, DC. He has previously served as a writer or editor for the American Chemical Society, the National Geographic Society, the Dana Foundation, and the Washington Post online. He received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry, biology, and philosophy.

Articles by Aalok Mehta

Advances in chemistry, physics, and computer science have revolutionized neuroscience by giving scientists greater access to the living brain.
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Understanding the cause of "mad cow" disease and related conditions resulted in a fundamental shift in what scientists understood about proteins in brain disease.
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Research on squid reveals how nerve cells communicate. By studying enormous nerve cells in the squid, researchers determined how brain cells generate and transmit electrical messages.
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Research into the razor-sharp hearing of barn owls reveals how we create mental maps of space and may lead to hearing loss solutions.
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Although scientists have made great strides in understanding Alzheimer’s disease, no treatment has been approved for halting or reversing the condition. Meanwhile, the need is becoming more urgent, as populations in the world’s developed nations grow older and live longer.
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Although Alzheimer’s disease rarely strikes before age 65, many people have a dreaded fear of the disease. They have good reason.
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Each minute, more than 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. With digital technology so commonplace, it is easy to drown in information. For researchers studying visual attention, however, this is an old story.
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Despite numerous advances, the global prognosis for stroke is dire. But with continued funding, researchers will be able to discover ways to protect the brain from strokes and repair the brain afterward.
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In stroke, a blocked or burst blood vessel disrupts the brain’s supply of nutrients and oxygen, damaging or destroying brain cells. The results can be highly variable — from near-instantaneous death to full recovery.
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Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic, incurable, and often crippling autoimmune disease. Symptoms can come and go, but in many people, it eventually destroys the ability to walk, talk, or even see.
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Despite numerous advances in the testing and treatment of multiple sclerosis, the disease still has no cure. Fortunately, scientists are discovering ways to stop or reverse the course of the disease.
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No other species on the planet uses language or writing. Now neuroscientists are taking advantage of new ways to peer into the brain to provide remarkable insights into this unique human ability.
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