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. ultrasound baby
    Health & Medicine

    Air pollution can reach the placenta around a developing baby

    A small study of women living in Belgium found soot embedded in their placental tissue.

  2. guy vaping

    Vaping is suspected in a fifth death and hundreds of injuries

    U.S. health officials can’t yet point to a substance or device that’s behind a rising number of severe lung injuries and deaths tied to e-cigarettes.

  3. Vaping materials
    Health & Medicine

    An Illinois patient’s death may be the first in the U.S. tied to vaping

    Officials have announced one death among nearly 200 patients with severe lung illnesses that are potentially related to vaping.

  4. vaping
    Health & Medicine

    Vaping may have sent 153 people to hospitals with severe lung injuries

    In the last two months, 16 U.S. states have reported 153 people hospitalized with lung injuries that may be tied to vaping.

  5. blood pressure
    Health & Medicine

    High blood pressure throughout middle age may increase the risk of dementia

    A pattern of high blood pressure during midlife followed by high or low readings in one’s golden years is linked to dementia.

  6. a photo of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

    A new FDA-approved drug takes aim at a deadly form of tuberculosis

    The antibiotic could help tackle extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, which kills tens of thousands each year.

  7. vaccine syringe

    The first chlamydia vaccine has passed a major test

    A clinical trial for a vaccine against the sexually transmitted disease found that the product provoked an immune response.

  8. a photo of a doctor putting on protective gear
    Health & Medicine

    Two of four Ebola treatments prove highly effective in a clinical trial

    An Ebola field trial is shifting its focus toward two treatments that have been shown to be highly effective at preventing death in Congo, according to preliminary data.

  9. child at El Paso memorial
    Health & Medicine

    Racist words and acts, like the El Paso shooting, harm children’s health

    Racism can take a lifelong toll on children’s and adolescents’ health. U.S. pediatricians are tackling the problem.

  10. vaping
    Health & Medicine

    Hospitalizations highlight potential dangers of e-cigs to teens’ lungs

    E-cigarette use can harm the lungs, and eight Wisconsin teens who developed severe lung injuries after vaping may be the latest victims.

  11. Candida auris fungus
    Health & Medicine

    Climate change could raise the risk of deadly fungal infections in humans

    The rise of Candida auris, a deadly fungus spurring outbreaks in the United States and worldwide, may have been aided by climate change.

  12. Botox injection
    Health & Medicine

    Botox may relieve persistent pelvic pain caused by endometriosis

    The wrinkle-smoothing treatment Botox may relieve pain from muscle spasms in the pelvic floor of women with endometriosis.