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. 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.

  2. tau neurons
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    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.

  3. pile of pills
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    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.

  4. a photo of a woman hunched over in pain
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    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.

  5. 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.

  6. baby
    Health & Medicine

    Babies born in opioid withdrawal have unusually small heads

    Infants born dependent on opioids had heads that were smaller than babies whose moms didn’t use the drugs during pregnancy.

  7. baby girl with doctors
    Health & Medicine

    In a first, a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor gives birth

    After receiving a uterus from a deceased donor, a woman gave birth to a healthy girl in December of 2017.

  8. woman receiving measles vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    Around the world, reported measles cases jumped 31 percent in 2017

    While the number of reported measles cases has dropped 80 percent from 2000 to 2017, high profile outbreaks pushed the 2017 total up from 2016.

  9. child
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    Kids born in August are diagnosed with ADHD more than kids born in September

    August-born kids have higher rates of ADHD diagnosis than kids born in September in U.S. states with a September 1 cutoff for starting kindergarten.

  10. person using an e-cigarette
    Health & Medicine

    FDA restricts the sale of some flavored e-cigarettes as teen use soars

    The number of high schoolers who vape rose 78 percent from 2017 to 2018.

  11. blacklegged tick Ixodes scapularis
    Health & Medicine

    Lyme and other tickborne diseases are on the rise in the U.S. Here’s what that means.

    A record number of tickborne diseases were reported in the United States in 2017. An infectious disease physician discusses that result and others.

  12. Chase Kulakowski
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    U.S. cases of a polio-like illness rise, but there are few clues to its cause

    A total of 90 cases of acute flaccid myelitis have been confirmed so far this year, out of 252 under investigation.