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. HIV virions
    Health & Medicine

    A second HIV patient has gone into remission after a stem cell transplant

    A second person with HIV has gone into remission after receiving blood stem cells from a donor unable to make a protein needed by the virus.

  2. kids with mosquito bed nets
    Health & Medicine

    Treating mosquitoes may be a new way to fight malaria

    A lab test suggests it may be possible to treat mosquitoes infected with the malaria parasite to stop disease transmission.

  3. shingles illustration
    Health & Medicine

    With its burning grip, shingles can do lasting damage

    Varicella zoster virus, which causes chickenpox and shingles, may instigate several other problems.

  4. fried chicken
    Health & Medicine

    A ban on artificial trans fats in NYC restaurants appears to be working

    New Yorkers’ levels of artificial trans fats dropped, especially in people who ate out the most, after a citywide ban on the fats in restaurant foods.

  5. sperm
    Life

    Slow sperm may fail at crashing ‘gates’ on their way to an egg

    A new study describes how sperm navigate narrow straits in the reproductive tract’s obstacle course to reach an egg.

  6. ebola poster
    Health & Medicine

    Congo’s Ebola outbreak is a testing ground for new treatments

    The first multidrug clinical trial of Ebola treatments is underway amid an outbreak in Congo.

  7. Pappochelys rosinae
    Animals

    A rare, ancient case of bone cancer has been found in a turtle ancestor

    A 240-million-year-old fossil reveals the oldest known case of bone cancer in an amniote, a group that includes mammals, birds and reptiles.

  8. a microscopic image showing differences in immune structure in tonsils between kids with and without repeat strep throat infections
    Health & Medicine

    Why some children may get strep throat more often than others

    Kids with recurrent strep throat appear to have a defective immune response to the bacteria that cause the infections, a study finds.

  9. tau neurons
    Health & Medicine

    Lack of sleep is tied to increases in two Alzheimer’s proteins

    In people and mice deprived of sleep, researchers found an increase in tau, a protein involved in Alzheimer’s disease, in the fluid bathing the brain.

  10. pile of pills
    Health & Medicine

    Overdose deaths tied to antianxiety drugs like Xanax continue to rise

    Benzodiazepines, widely used but addictive drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia, are contributing to a growing number of overdose deaths.

  11. a photo of a woman hunched over in pain
    Health & Medicine

    This protein may help explain why some women with endometriosis are infertile

    Infertile women with endometriosis have a reduced amount of a protein found to be important for establishing pregnancy in mice, a study finds.

  12. hand holding an e-cig
    Health & Medicine

    E-cigarettes caught fire among teens

    High schoolers’ use of e-cigarettes shot up from 2017 to 2018, and public health officials are concerned that a new generation is at risk for nicotine addiction.