Aimee Cunningham

Biomedical Writer, Science News

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. Health & Medicine

    Congo’s Ebola outbreak declared a public health emergency

    Ebola cases in new regions prompted the World Health Organization to declare Congo’s yearlong outbreak a public health emergency.

  2. Science & Society

    Beyond the El Paso shooting: Racist words and acts harm kids’ health

    An author of a new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics describes how racist acts, such as gun violence, can lead to lifelong physical and mental harm

  3. Microbes

    A surface crater in viruses may be key to keeping colds from spreading

    A newly discovered pit on the surface of one family of viruses could help scientists fight the common cold and other infections.

  4. Climate

    Explainer: How heat kills

    The human body is good at cooling itself off. But it has limits.

  5. Health & Medicine

    What’s behind frequent strep throat? Consult the tonsils

    A faulty immune response might explain why some kids get strep throat often, new data show. Another problem: The diagnosis may a case of mistaken identity.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Many food supplements unlawfully contain drugs

    The most common medicines tainting these products were usually ones that doctors prescribe for weight loss, for muscle building or to boost a man’s sex drive.

  7. Science & Society

    Teen vaping of marijuana raises concerns about addiction

    A new study estimates that nearly 1 in 11 middle and high school students in the United States has vaped marijuana, raising concerns about addiction.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Immune targeting of cancers wins two a 2018 Nobel Prize

    Doctors used to target cancers with a scalpel, toxic chemicals and radiation. Two scientists just won a Nobel Prize for coming up with a fourth tactic: turning on the immune system.

  9. Animals

    These caterpillars are scaring the city of London

    The fluffy-haired larvae of the oak processionary moth have a curious behavior, moving in neat, little lines. But the caterpillars pose threats to trees and human health.

  10. Climate

    Hurricane Maria’s Puerto Rican death toll skyrockets 72-fold

    The death toll had been just 64 — and then scientists launched household surveys. Those showed the “official” toll was off by more than 4,500.

  11. Plants

    Ouch! Lemons and other plants can cause a special sunburn

    These are among a host of plants (many found in the refrigerator vegetable drawer) that produce chemicals that will kill skin cells when activated by sunlight. The result can be a serious, localized sunburn — sometimes with blistering.

  12. Health & Medicine

    Scientists discover how norovirus hijacks the gut

    Noroviruses make people vomit, but scientists didn’t actually know why. It now turns out that those viruses cause their misery by attacking special “tuft” cells in the gut.