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. newborn baby
    Humans

    Births in the United States have dropped to a 34-year low

    Recessions can influence the birth rate, but births haven’t rebounded yet since the country’s last economic downturn in the late 2000s.

  2. Parent putting mask on child
    Health & Medicine

    Kids can develop severe complications from COVID-19 in rare cases

    Respiratory failure has occurred in some infected children and an emerging inflammatory disease may be connected to the coronavirus.

  3. a man vaping
    Health & Medicine

    Vaping may damage the heart just as smoking does

    Vapers and smokers showed similar signs of blood vessel damage, compared with people who didn’t smoke or vape.

  4. ACE inhibitors
    Health & Medicine

    Drugs for high blood pressure don’t appear to make COVID-19 worse

    Drugs commonly used to treat hypertension did not lead to more severe cases of the coronavirus infection or higher mortality in hospitalized patients.

  5. Male patient in a hospital
    Health & Medicine

    COVID-19 kills more men than women. The immune system may be why

    Countries with sex-specific data report more men than women are dying of the coronavirus. Women’s stronger immune response may give them a leg up.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Can plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients treat the sick?

    Researchers are racing to set up clinical trials of antibody-rich convalescent plasma from recovered patients to treat or prevent COVID-19.

  7. man walking
    Health & Medicine

    The number of steps per day, not speed, is linked to mortality rate

    Researchers report an association between the total number of steps a person takes each day and the rate of death from any cause.

  8. Wuhan Red Cross Hospital
    Health & Medicine

    Why some heart patients may be especially vulnerable to COVID-19

    Researchers don’t yet know if the way the coronavirus enters cells may have something to do with the risks to the heart.

  9. Pedestrians in Wuhan
    Health & Medicine

    People who didn’t know they had COVID-19 drove its spread in China

    A new study suggests that mild cases, in which people have no symptoms or don’t get sick enough to go to a doctor, are fueling the coronavirus pandemic.

  10. nearly empty highway leading to a Beijing airport
    Health & Medicine

    Travel bans have barely slowed the coronavirus’s spread

    Travel restrictions in Wuhan and greater China have only modestly impacted the spread of the virus to other countries, researchers say.

  11. central government-sanctioned horse race in Japan
    Health & Medicine

    What the new phase of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. means for you

    U.S. health experts warn there are probably many undetected COVID-19 cases already here, raising chances the disease will soon be widespread.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Coronavirus’ spread in the U.S. may be a question of when, not if

    The virus that causes COVID-19 is likely to gain a foothold in U.S. communities, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.