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. Health & Medicine

    Genetics of human evolution wins 2022 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine

    By figuring out how to extract DNA from ancient bones, Svante Pääbo was able to decipher the genomes of our hominid relatives.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Poliovirus is spreading in New York. Here’s what you need to know

    With signs of poliovirus spreading in a handful of counties in New York, unvaccinated people could be at risk of paralytic polio.

  3. Health & Medicine

    How the COVID-19 pandemic may leave a long-term imprint on our health

    As much as we want to put the pandemic in the rearview mirror, the coronavirus’s impact will remain a feature of many tomorrows.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.”

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.