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

Once mistakenly thought to be unmotivated or unintelligent, people with dyslexia are now understood to have a brain disability that causes difficulties with reading, writing, spelling, and speaking.
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Significant strides have been made to understand the causes of hearing loss. Of all our senses, hearing is the most vulnerable.
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With continued funding, researchers hope to find ways to diagnosis PTSD before symptoms appear, better methods for reducing vulnerability to PTSD, and superior therapy options for resistant cases.
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In depression, one of the most common and costly brain diseases, people feel intensely and persistently sad, experience no pleasure, and lose interest in the things around them.
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Though our knowledge about dyslexia is continually growing, there is a great deal we still don't know. But the more we find out about its causes, the more avenues scientists find leading toward an effective treatment.
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Schizophrenia is a chronic mental disorder that causes people to lose touch with reality. People with the condition may hear voices that aren’t there or think others are out to hurt them.
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Spinal cord injury is an uncommon, but real, risk. Each year, thousands in the United States experience damage to the nerve bundles that carry messages from the brain to the rest of the body.
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Anxiety, insomnia, flashbacks, and anger are all common and normal reactions to a stressful experience. But for some people, those feelings don’t go away for months or even years.
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Even though many cases of depression respond well to treatment, not everyone seeks medical help. A recent study found only half of Americans with depression receive any treatment.
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Though it has long defied treatments, new discoveries provide a bright future for those who suffer from Parkinson's.
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Hearing loss affects millions of Americans, and the solutions we have currently aren't always ideal. But scientists are offering a promising future, featuring better means to prevent hearing loss and better hearing aids when it can't be avoided.

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In Parkinson’s disease, cells in the substantia nigra, a region that produces dopamine, gradually die off, disrupting the brain’s movement systems and leading to the characteristic tremor.
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