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. Leghorn chicken
    Health & Medicine

    Chickens stand sentinel against mosquito-borne disease in Florida

    To learn where mosquitoes are transmitting certain viruses, Florida officials deploy chickens and test them for antibodies to the pathogens.

  2. sperm heading for an egg
    Health & Medicine

    Sperm with damaged DNA may cause some repeat miscarriages

    An analysis of semen from men whose partners have experienced multiple miscarriages revealed abnormalities, a small study finds.

  3. rhesus macaque
    Health & Medicine

    Saving monkey testicle tissue before puberty hints at a new way to preserve fertility

    Frozen testicle tissue samples from prepubescent monkeys transplanted back onto those monkeys once they matured produced sperm.

  4. person grasping their chest
    Health & Medicine

    U.S. heart attack mortality reached a two-decade low in 2014

    Deaths within 30 days of a heart attack have declined from 20 percent in 1995 to 12.4 percent in 2014, according to an analysis of Medicare patient data.

  5. emergency room
    Health & Medicine

    Pharmaceutical abuse sent more than 350,000 people to the ER in 2016

    The misuse of pharmaceuticals sent an estimated 350,000 people to U.S. emergency departments in 2016.

  6. brain scans
    Health & Medicine

    Stroke victims with busy immune responses may also see mental declines

    A small study links an active immune response soon after a stroke with a loss in cognitive ability a year later.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. sperm

    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.

  12. 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.