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. German polar research station
    Health & Medicine

    Scientists’ brains shrank a bit after an extended stay in Antarctica

    The experience of an isolated, long-term mission at an Antarctic research station slightly shrunk a part of crew members’ brains, a small study finds.

  2. doctor
    Health & Medicine

    Medications alone work as well as surgery for some heart disease patients

    Patients with stable ischemic heart disease may be able to avoid stents or bypass surgery with medications alone.

  3. Mosquito control worker in Brazil
    Health & Medicine

    Dengue cases in the Americas have reached an all-time high

    There have been more dengue cases in the Americas this year than ever before, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

  4. mentoring
    Health & Medicine

    For people with HIV, undetectable virus means untransmittable disease

    HIV outreach and care in Washington, D.C., reveals the struggles and successes of getting drugs into the hands of those who need them.

  5. Neisseria gonorrhoeae
    Health & Medicine

    Drug-resistant microbes kill about 35,000 people in the U.S. per year

    The latest CDC report on drug-resistant microbes finds that these pathogens infect close to 3 million people in the United States each year.

  6. Vape products
    Health & Medicine

    Vitamin E acetate is a culprit in the deadly vaping outbreak, the CDC says

    Researchers detected vitamin E oil in all samples of lung fluid from 29 patients suffering from lung injuries tied to e-cigarettes.

  7. Dengue ward at a hospital in the Philippines
    Health & Medicine

    A new dengue vaccine shows promise — at least for now

    The latest vaccine against dengue shows promise in protecting children from the disease, but will need longer term study to ensure kids are safe from future infections.

  8. vaping products
    Health & Medicine

    Nearly 1,300 injuries and 29 deaths in the U.S. have been tied to vaping

    As the investigation continues, health officials expect multiple causes will be behind the ever-growing number of vaping-related lung injuries.

  9. William Kaelin, Gregg Semenza and Peter Ratcliffe
    Health & Medicine

    Discovery of how cells sense oxygen wins the 2019 medicine Nobel

    Understanding the molecular switch that lets cells cope with oxygen has implications for everything from metabolism to wound healing.

  10. measles vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    The U.S. narrowly eked out a measles win, keeping elimination status

    The risk of measles, while low in the United States, still remains due to undervaccinated areas and international travelers importing the virus.

  11. Michelle O’Malley

    Michelle O’Malley seeks greener chemistry through elusive fungi

    Michelle O’Malley studies anaerobic gut fungi, microbes that could help make chemicals and fuels from sustainable sources.

  12. vape cartridge

    Vaping-related illness reports have surged to 805 from 46 U.S. states

    Twelve people have now died from lung injuries tied to e-cigarettes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds.