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Science News biomedical writer receives Endocrine Society Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism

New Orleans March 25, 2019

Science News health and biomedical reporter Aimee Cunningham received the Endocrine Society’s annual Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism, the Society announced today.

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 consists of a presentation at the Society’s awards banquet during the Society’s annual meeting, ENDO 2019. The meeting is taking place from March 23-26.

More information on the Endocrine Society Award for Excellence in Science and Medical Journalism is available at: endocrine.org/news-room/journalism-award.

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Endocrinologists are at the core of solving the most pressing health problems of our time, from diabetes and obesity to infertility, bone health, and hormone-related cancers. The Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization of scientists devoted to hormone research and physicians who care for people with hormone-related conditions.

The Society has more than 18,000 members, including scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in 122 countries. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at @TheEndoSociety and @EndoMedia.


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