Biomedical writer Aimee Cunningham is on her second tour at Science News. From 2005 to 2007, she covered chemistry, environmental science, biology and materials science for Science News.  Between stints Aimee was a freelance writer for outlets such as NPR and Scientific American Mind. She has a degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University. She received the 2019 Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism from the Endocrine Society for the article "Hormone replacement makes sense for some menopausal women."

All Stories by Aimee Cunningham

  1. a woman sleeps next to her baby. The photo is taken through a mosquito net.
    Health & Medicine

    A shot of immune proteins may protect against malaria for months

    A monoclonal antibody for malaria passed an early hurdle and now will be tested in children in Africa, who are most at risk of dying from the disease.

  2. People wearing masks in New York City
    Science & Society

    ‘Virology’ ponders society’s relationship with viruses

    In a collection of wide-ranging essays, microbiologist Joseph Osmundson reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for “a new rhetoric of care.”

  3. a child sits on a hospital bed as a parent holds his hand and a doctor puts a band aid on his shoulder
    Health & Medicine

    Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines are OK’d for the youngest kids

    Babies, toddlers and preschoolers could begin getting immunized against COVID-19 as early as June 21 in the United States.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Unexplained hepatitis cases in kids offer more questions than answers

    There is a lot that is unclear about the hepatitis that’s impacting several hundred children worldwide, but parents shouldn’t panic.

  5. a photo of a hand scratching red scaly skin on a person's elbow. Only the person's torso and arms are in frame.
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, scientists were seeking the cause of psoriasis

    In the 1970s, scientists found a link between a chemical messenger and psoriasis, a complex inflammatory skin disorder.

  6. A woman holds a young child as a medical professional gives them a shot
    Health & Medicine

    Antibiotics diminish babies’ immune response to key vaccines

    With each round of antibiotics during a child’s first two years, antibody levels to four vaccines dropped further from what’s considered protective.

  7. two medical professionals standing in a hallway looking over a chart
    Health & Medicine

    Racial bias can seep into U.S. patients’ medical notes

    Black patients were more often described negatively in medical notes than white patients, which may impact care.

  8. photo of someone behind the front desk of a hotel in Japan with an air quality monitor in the foreground
    Health & Medicine

    We can do better than what was ‘normal’ before the pandemic

    With all that people have endured, it would be a missed opportunity to toss aside what we’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  9. A man administering an infusion to treat hemophilia while sitting on a rock in a snowy backdrop
    Health & Medicine

    A gene therapy for hemophilia boosts levels of a crucial clotting protein

    A one-time, gene-based treatment for hemophilia increased the amount of a necessary blood clotting protein in men with a severe form of the disease.

  10. photo of a COVID-19 memorial wall painted with red hearts of varying sizes and messages; flowers and posters appear below
    Health & Medicine

    More than 5 million children have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19

    The number of children who experienced the death of a parent or caregiver due to COVID-19 nearly doubled from May through October in 2021.

  11. photo of a woman holding a baby
    Health & Medicine

    Chewing sugar-free gum reduced preterm births in a large study

    Among 10,000 women in Malawi, those who chewed xylitol gum daily had fewer preterm births compared with women who didn’t chew the gum.

  12. Pregnant woman gets her COVID-19 booster shot
    Health & Medicine

    Why being pregnant and unvaccinated against COVID-19 is a risky combo

    Being pregnant puts an individual at higher risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19, but vaccination has lagged among pregnant people.