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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. girl in Yemen getting measles shot
    Health & Medicine

    U.S. measles cases hit a record high since the disease was eliminated in 2000

    Each year from 2010 to 2017, 21 million children did not get vaccinated against measles, according to UNICEF.

  4. vanishing woman
    Science & Society

    ‘Invisible Women’ spotlights a gaping and dangerous gender data gap

    ‘Invisible Women’ explains how neglecting to collect or use data on women harms their health and safety.

  5. sugary candy
    Health & Medicine

    ‘Added sugar’ food labels may prevent heart disease and diabetes

    Nutrition labeling changes that highlight sugar added to food or drink may have large benefits for public health, researchers say.

  6. Rockland County Health Department
    Health & Medicine

    U.S. measles outbreaks show no signs of slowing down

    This year’s measles cases have blown by 2018’s total, raising the specter that the disease could once more become endemic in the United States.

  7. Leghorn chicken
    Health & Medicine

    Chickens stand sentinel against mosquito-borne disease in Florida

    To learn where mosquitoes are transmitting certain viruses, Florida officials deploy chickens and test them for antibodies to the pathogens.

  8. sperm heading for an egg
    Health & Medicine

    Sperm with damaged DNA may cause some repeat miscarriages

    An analysis of semen from men whose partners have experienced multiple miscarriages revealed abnormalities, a small study finds.

  9. rhesus macaque
    Health & Medicine

    Saving monkey testicle tissue before puberty hints at a new way to preserve fertility

    Frozen testicle tissue samples from prepubescent monkeys transplanted back onto those monkeys once they matured produced sperm.

  10. person grasping their chest
    Health & Medicine

    U.S. heart attack mortality reached a two-decade low in 2014

    Deaths within 30 days of a heart attack have declined from 20 percent in 1995 to 12.4 percent in 2014, according to an analysis of Medicare patient data.

  11. emergency room
    Health & Medicine

    Pharmaceutical abuse sent more than 350,000 people to the ER in 2016

    The misuse of pharmaceuticals sent an estimated 350,000 people to U.S. emergency departments in 2016.

  12. brain scans
    Health & Medicine

    Stroke victims with busy immune responses may also see mental declines

    A small study links an active immune response soon after a stroke with a loss in cognitive ability a year later.