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

    Coronavirus’ spread in the U.S. may be a question of when, not if

    The virus that causes COVID-19 is likely to gain a foothold in U.S. communities, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  2. bag of methamphetamines
    Health & Medicine

    U.S. drug deaths dipped in 2018, but cocaine and meth overdoses rose

    In 2018, the rates of drug overdose deaths for methamphetamine and cocaine surpassed that of prescription opioids.

  3. Coronavirus illustration
    Health & Medicine

    Very few infants seem to be getting sick with the new coronavirus

    Scientists tracking how the outbreak of a novel coronavirus is affecting young children and newborns haven’t seen many cases.

  4. electron micrograph of the new coronavirus, nCov-2019
    Health & Medicine

    Cases of the new coronavirus hint at the disease’s severity, symptoms and spread

    As the coronavirus outbreak continues, estimates suggest that the majority of cases are mild. New research is clarifying how more severe cases progress.

  5. HIV virus particles
    Health & Medicine

    An experimental HIV vaccine failed a key trial in South Africa

    A vaccine against the human immunodeficiency virus tested in South Africa did not reduce the risk of infection with the virus.

  6. woman wearing face mask in New York
    Health & Medicine

    Scientists question White House measures to limit spread of coronavirus

    The White House announced new steps to fight the coronavirus outbreak, in what’s becoming one of the biggest public health challenges in decades.

  7. football players colliding
    Health & Medicine

    Levels of certain proteins in the blood may act as concussion biomarkers

    College athletes who suffered concussions had elevated blood levels of three proteins, a potential chemical sign that one day may aid diagnosis.

  8. doctor talking to a patient
    Health & Medicine

    A new drug lowers levels of a protein related to ‘bad’ cholesterol

    The next clinical trial will determine if a drug targeting a protein that carries fat and cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.

  9. infant
    Health & Medicine

    Healthy babies exposed to Zika in the womb may suffer developmental delays

    A small group of Zika-exposed children in Colombia who were born healthy missed milestones for movement and social interaction by 18 months of age.

  10. Nurse vaccinating someone in Goma
    Health & Medicine

    In a first, an Ebola vaccine wins approval from the FDA

    U.S. approval of Ervebo, already deployed in an ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo, bolsters efforts to prepare for future potential spread of the disease.

  11. Juul packages
    Health & Medicine

    Vaping’s dangers loom large amid more than 50 U.S. deaths this year

    Lung injuries and deaths linked to vaping in 2019 are a sobering indication of the dangers of e-cigarettes as teen use continues to rise.

  12. baby with measles rash
    Health & Medicine

    Measles got a foothold in the United States this year and almost didn’t let go

    Areas of low vaccination are blamed for the United States' largest number of measles cases in more than 25 years.