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

    Why being pregnant and unvaccinated against COVID-19 is a risky combo

    Being pregnant puts an individual at higher risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19, but vaccination has lagged among pregnant people.

  2. Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, researchers thought Americans outgrew marijuana

    In the 1970s, it was thought that adults over age 25 may “outgrow” marijuana. Fifty years later, older adults are in on the action.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Antimicrobial resistance is a leading cause of death globally

    In more than 70 percent of the 1.27 million deaths caused by antimicrobial resistance, infections didn’t respond to two classes of first-line antibiotics.

  4. Microbes

    A sailor’s story captures the impact of rising serious fungal infections

    Fungal infections are hard to diagnose, hard to treat and are on the rise. A young sailor is staying positive to navigate the challenges.

  5. Health & Medicine

    What parents need to know about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11

    Federal health officials authorized the Pfizer vaccine for this age group on October 29.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Epidemics have happened before and they’ll happen again. What will we remember?

    A century’s worth of science has helped us fend off infectious pathogens. But we have a lot to learn from the people who lived and died during epidemics.

  7. Health & Medicine

    A deadly fungus behind hospital outbreaks was found in nature for the first time

    Learning where the fungus Candida auris thrives in nature could help reveal why this yeast is dangerous to humans.

  8. Health & Medicine

    The COVID-19 pandemic is now a year old. What have scientists learned?

    As we enter the pandemic’s second year, researchers share what they’ve learned and what they look forward to.

  9. Health & Medicine

    COVID-19 vaccines may be ready for teens this summer

    Vaccinating children against COVID-19 is a crucial step towards reaching herd immunity and returning to pre-pandemic life.

  10. Health & Medicine

    The COVID-19 death toll sent U.S. life expectancy plunging in 2020

    Estimates show that American’s overall life expectancy declined by a year, but for Black Americans, the drop was almost three years.

  11. Health & Medicine

    The animals that ticks bite in the U.S. South can impact Lyme disease spread

    Ticks in the north primarily attach to mice, which do a good job of infecting them with Lyme bacteria, setting up the spread to people.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Nearly half a million U.S. children missed out on lead tests in early 2020

    A big drop in routine lead tests, which can identify children with elevated blood levels, is another troubling sign of the pandemic’s toll.