Latest Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Stories

2010-11-01 08:10:00

The Obama administration's health care reform legislation includes a guarantee of access to free preventative medicine for women, but according to a Sunday article by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar of the Associated Press (AP), that promise has sparked a debate as to whether or not birth control should be provided at no cost under the new law. According to Alonso-Zaldivar, a panel of experts is set to meet later this month to discuss just that issue, but it hasn't stopped both proponents and...

2008-09-19 03:00:08

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Lindsey Tanner WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Admin-istration is defending its assessment that bisphenol A- a chemical found in plastic baby bottles and food packaging - is safe, even as the first major study of health effects finds possible risks for heart disease and diabetes. "Right now, our tentative conclusion is that it's safe, so we're not recommending any change in habits," said Laura Tarantino, the head of the FDA's office of food additive...

2008-09-12 09:00:06

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it has hired more than 1,300 professional staffers in a move that officials hope will help the beleaguered agency better protect the public health amid rapid technological and scientific change. "Every pay period, we have had more than 100 people walking through our doors," said Kimberly Holden, the senior manager directing the special recruitment...

2008-09-05 09:00:04

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration ordered stronger warnings Thursday on four medications widely used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses, saying they can raise the risk of possibly fatal fungal infections. The drugs - Enbrel, Remicade, Humira and Cimzia - work by suppressing the immune system to keep it from attacking the body. For patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the...

2008-08-27 09:00:15

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press WASHINGTON The number of people without health insurance fell by more than 1 million in 2007, the first annual decline since the Bush administration took office, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Incomes edged up for the middle class while poverty held steady. The numbers represent a scorecard on President Bush's stewardship of the economy at the kitchen-table level. But they only went as far as the end of...

2008-07-26 09:00:15

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Lauran Neergaard The Associated Press WASHINGTON When there's a need to trace fruits and vegetables in a crisis like the salmonella outbreak, a lot of the pieces for a rapid- response system already exist. Nobody, however, has quite figured out how to put them together to operate seamlessly in the vast American marketplace. The salmonella outbreak has set off a scramble among industry, regulators and lawmakers to devise a...

Word of the Day
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.