Science News health and biomedical reporter Aimee Cunningham received the Endocrine Society’s annual Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism.
Cunningham was honored at the Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La., for her coverage on hormone replacement for menopausal women. The winning article, “Hormone replacement makes sense for some menopausal women,” was published in Science News in January 2018.
In her article, Cunningham discusses the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative study that linked hormone replacement therapy to breast cancer and heart disease, causing a lot of fear among patients and doctors. Many women stopped hormone therapy and missed out on the treatment of debilitating menopause symptoms like frequent hot flashes and poor sleep. Cunningham highlights new data in her article that provides evidence for the benefits of hormone replacement therapy for some menopausal women.
Cunningham previously covered chemistry, environmental science, biology, and materials science for Science News. She was also 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.
The Society established the journalism award in 2008 to recognize outstanding reporting that enhances the public understanding of health issues pertaining to the field of endocrinology.
The Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism consisted of a presentation at the Society’s awards banquet during the Society’s annual meeting, ENDO 2019, which took place from March 23 to 26.