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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Obesity makes taste buds disappear — in mice, anyway

    Mice that gained excessive weight on a high-fat diet also lost one in four taste buds.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Woman’s eye hosts more than a dozen cattle eyeworms

    Oregon woman is the first human known to become infected with a cattle eyeworm known as Thelazia gulosa.

  6. Health & Medicine

    High-nicotine e-cigs up chance teen will become a smoker

    New study links vaping high levels of nicotine to greater likelihood teens will vape — and smoke — six months later.

  7. Brain

    Understanding body clocks brings three a Nobel Prize

    Three American men will share this year’s Nobel prize for physiology or medicine. The award recognizes their contributions to understanding the workings of the body’s biological clock.

  8. Genetics

    Genes may predict how well the flu vaccine will work in young people

    The activity of nine genes predicted how well people 35 and under would respond to the flu vaccine.

  9. Brain

    Many U.S. football players had brain disease, data show

    The brains of more than 200 former football players were donated to science upon their deaths. Signs of severe brain trauma showed up in the vast majority.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Getting a flu ‘shot’ could become as easy as sticking on a bandage

    A new skin patch delivers a flu vaccine painlessly through dissolving microneedles. Such an easy-to-store and easy-to-use technology may help boost vaccination rates.

  11. Chemistry

    New rules point scientists toward next-gen germ-killers

    Shape and other features help germ-killing drugs make it through barriers to enter bacteria. Knowing how they do this could lead to more and better better antibiotics.