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 worker in Congo
    Health & Medicine

    WHO declares a public health emergency over Congo’s Ebola outbreak

    The yearlong Ebola outbreak in the Congo has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization.

  2. vaccination
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    California’s new vaccine rules kept more kindergartners up-to-date

    Three statewide interventions improved the rates of kindergartners behind on required vaccinations in California, researchers report.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Thick calluses don’t make feet any less sensitive

    Bare feet that develop thick calluses are just as sensitive as shoe-clad feet, a study in Kenya finds.

  4. Health & Medicine

    3-D mammograms are popular, but are they better than 2-D?

    The use of digital breast tomosynthesis, a newer breast cancer screening technology with limited evidence, has risen in recent years.

  5. rotavirus vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    Rotavirus vaccines may lower kids’ chances of getting type 1 diabetes

    Vaccination against rotavirus is associated with a reduced incidence of type 1 diabetes in children, according to an analysis of U.S. insurance data.

  6. chemical compound binding to enterovirus pocket
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    A tiny crater on viruses behind the common cold may be their Achilles’ heel

    Researchers have discovered a potential new drug target in a family of viruses responsible for the common cold and more serious infections.

  7. woman checking patient's blood pressure
    Health & Medicine

    Medicaid-expanding states had fewer cardiovascular deaths than other states

    Counties in states with expanded Medicaid eligibility had 4.3 fewer cardiovascular deaths per 100,000 residents, on average, than if they hadn’t expanded.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C could prevent thousands of deaths in the U.S.

    A study projecting heat-related mortality in 15 U.S. cities illustrates urban risk from global warming.

  9. patient getting heart exam
    Health & Medicine

    Faulty cellular antennae may cause a heart valve disorder

    Mitral valve prolapse might be caused by dysfunctional primary cilia meant to signal cells during development.

  10. 1 year old girl getting MMR vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    Finding common ground can reduce parents’ hesitation about vaccines

    Physicians are examining whether discussing shared health goals can bring vaccine-hesitant parents on board.

  11. ultraprocessed dinner
    Health & Medicine

    Does eating ultraprocessed food affect weight gain? It’s complicated

    Laying off ultraprocessed foods and switching to whole foods may help some people manage their weight, a small study finds.

  12. Los Angeles County health officials
    Health & Medicine

    How holes in herd immunity led to a 25-year high in U.S. measles cases

    U.S. measles cases have surged to 704. Outbreaks reveal pockets of vulnerability where too many unvaccinated people are helping the virus spread.