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. rotavirus vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    Rotavirus vaccines may lower kids’ chances of getting type 1 diabetes

    Vaccination against rotavirus is associated with a reduced incidence of type 1 diabetes in children, according to an analysis of U.S. insurance data.

  2. chemical compound binding to enterovirus pocket
    Health & Medicine

    A tiny crater on viruses behind the common cold may be their Achilles’ heel

    Researchers have discovered a potential new drug target in a family of viruses responsible for the common cold and more serious infections.

  3. woman checking patient's blood pressure
    Health & Medicine

    Medicaid-expanding states had fewer cardiovascular deaths than other states

    Counties in states with expanded Medicaid eligibility had 4.3 fewer cardiovascular deaths per 100,000 residents, on average, than if they hadn’t expanded.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C could prevent thousands of deaths in the U.S.

    A study projecting heat-related mortality in 15 U.S. cities illustrates urban risk from global warming.

  5. patient getting heart exam
    Health & Medicine

    Faulty cellular antennae may cause a heart valve disorder

    Mitral valve prolapse might be caused by dysfunctional primary cilia meant to signal cells during development.

  6. 1 year old girl getting MMR vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    Finding common ground can reduce parents’ hesitation about vaccines

    Physicians are examining whether discussing shared health goals can bring vaccine-hesitant parents on board.

  7. ultraprocessed dinner
    Health & Medicine

    Does eating ultraprocessed food affect weight gain? It’s complicated

    Laying off ultraprocessed foods and switching to whole foods may help some people manage their weight, a small study finds.

  8. Los Angeles County health officials
    Health & Medicine

    How holes in herd immunity led to a 25-year high in U.S. measles cases

    U.S. measles cases have surged to 704. Outbreaks reveal pockets of vulnerability where too many unvaccinated people are helping the virus spread.

  9. girl in Yemen getting measles shot
    Health & Medicine

    U.S. measles cases hit a record high since the disease was eliminated in 2000

    Each year from 2010 to 2017, 21 million children did not get vaccinated against measles, according to UNICEF.

  10. vanishing woman
    Science & Society

    ‘Invisible Women’ spotlights a gaping and dangerous gender data gap

    ‘Invisible Women’ explains how neglecting to collect or use data on women harms their health and safety.

  11. sugary candy
    Health & Medicine

    ‘Added sugar’ food labels may prevent heart disease and diabetes

    Nutrition labeling changes that highlight sugar added to food or drink may have large benefits for public health, researchers say.

  12. Rockland County Health Department
    Health & Medicine

    U.S. measles outbreaks show no signs of slowing down

    This year’s measles cases have blown by 2018’s total, raising the specter that the disease could once more become endemic in the United States.