Alan Zarembo

Writer

Alan Zarembo is a projects and investigative reporter with a focus on medicine, science and the military. Prior to joining the Los Angeles Times in 2003, he was the Mexico City bureau chief for Newsweek magazine and a freelance journalist based in central Africa. He is graduate of Dartmouth College, a former Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a winner of the Livingston Award for International Reporting.

Recent Articles

  • Expansive search for clues in double-homicide investigation

    Expansive search for clues in double-homicide investigation

    Los Angeles County detectives investigating the fatal attack of an elderly couple at their estate in La Verne began scouring the 80-acre hillside property for clues Saturday afternoon. A helicopter and sheriff's deputies on horseback were being deployed in the search, Lt. Dave Coleman told reporters...

  • Rose Parade forecast: Cold but dry

    Rose Parade forecast: Cold but dry

    The Rose Parade will most likely stay dry for the ninth straight year, forecasters say. The weather forecast for the coming week includes a slight chance of rain Tuesday night and Wednesday, but any rain is expected to be gone by Thursday, when thousands of people will line the streets of Pasadena...

  • Can PTSD symptoms be traced to concussion-induced pituitary damage?

    Concussions from bomb blasts and post-traumatic stress disorder — the two signature wounds of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — can be difficult to distinguish from each other. Cognitive problems, sleep trouble and irritability are common symptoms of both. Up to 44% of veterans who suffered concussions...

  • Oxygen chambers helped treat concussions, but so did placebo treatment

    Despite anecdotal reports that hyperbaric oxygen chambers can be used to treat concussions, strong evidence is mounting that they don’t. The latest strike against the increasingly popular therapy is a study of U.S. service members with persistent concussive symptoms, including headaches, balance...

  • Disability system for veterans strays far from its official purpose

    Disability system for veterans strays far from its official purpose

    The room fell silent for seven minutes as Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth upbraided a government contractor. "Shame on you," the congresswoman scolded Braulio Castillo at an oversight hearing in Washington, D.C., last year, accusing the business owner of gaming the veterans disability system. Castillo...

  • U.S. Army tries to identify soldiers most likely to commit suicide

    U.S. Army tries to identify soldiers most likely to commit suicide

    The U.S. Army has a new analytical tool that officials hope will counter a surge in suicides by identifying soldiers whose history, age and injuries indicate they are at high risk of taking their own lives. In an analysis involving all 40,820 U.S. soldiers hospitalized for psychiatric problems...

  • After years of declining numbers, veterans in Senate may gain a seat

    After years of declining numbers, veterans in Senate may gain a seat

    The number of military veterans in the U.S. Senate had declined in every election since 1982 — until Tuesday. Victories by three newcomers — Republicans Tom Cotton in Arkansas and Joni Ernst in Iowa and Democrat Gary Peters in Michigan — guarantee that the total will remain at least at 20. Going...

  • Mediation fails in ACLU lawsuit over VA leases at West L.A. campus

    Mediation fails in ACLU lawsuit over VA leases at West L.A. campus

    Mediation between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Civil Liberties Union has failed to resolve a long-running dispute over leases on the sprawling West Los Angeles campus. Tenants on the 387-acre property include a private school, a laundry service for nearby hotels, a parking...

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