Alan Zarembo

Writer

Alan Zarembo is an assistant foreign editor. He has also been 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

  • Army veteran's guilt over surviving Iraq is a wound that won't heal

    Army veteran's guilt over surviving Iraq is a wound that won't heal

    It had been years since Sloan Sulham had heard from any of his men in Iraq. But the soft voice and Philippine accent on the phone were immediately recognizable: Spc. Reyes. "Arvin," Reyes reminded his former platoon sergeant. Sulham wasn't likely to forget Arvin Reyes. They had been together on...

  • Detailed study confirms high suicide rate among recent veterans

    Detailed study confirms high suicide rate among recent veterans

    Recent veterans have committed suicide at a much higher rate than people who never served in the military, according to a new analysis that provides the most thorough accounting so far of the problem. The rate was slightly higher among veterans who never deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, suggesting...

  • Study: Agent Orange may have affected Air Force workers after Vietnam

    Two dozen U.S. Air Force planes used to spray Agent Orange during the Vietnam War remained contaminated with the herbicide at levels that likely posed a health risk to some personnel who flew on them in the decade after the conflict, according to a new report. The report could open the way to medical...

  • 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...

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