The future looks bright for students who are majoring in the medical or health fields. When looking at topics for research papers for your courses you can explore everything from kid’s health to nutrition, cancer treatment and many more. Keep in mind that the population is aging. What this means is that you can take any topic and cover it from the point of view of treating the elderly. If you’re more interested in research that concerns children, then take any topic and slant it that direction. Here are a few topic ideas and resources to get you started.
Health research topics
A great place to start your research process is at Questia where you can read full text books and articles that are excellent sources for your paper. Take advantage of Questia’s tools to highlight, bookmark and cite sources. Your teacher will be impressed with the quality of your paper and you’ll love the fact that the research process is easier than ever.
For example, under the category of food and nutrition you can focus on topics such as:
- weight loss industry
- food allergies
- organic food
If you are interested in children, then you might want to explore:
- childhood obesity
- developmental disabilities
The only limit is your imagination and interest level. Whatever you want to research, Questia will get you there. Let’s say that you want to research cancer treatment for children. Using Questia’s research library you will find sources such as “Children with Cancer: The Quality of Life” by Christine Eiser.
In the book, Eiser explores her subject from a number of perspectives:
- the holistic care of the child
- effects of chronic illness on the child
- impact on schooling
In the chapter on pediatric oncology, Eiser discussed chronic conditions affecting children, “Changes in treatment and improvements in survival mean that cancer now shares characteristics with other chronic conditions that affect children, such as diabetes, asthma, cystic fibrosis, or epilepsy.”
Best medical blogs
In his May 14, 2013 post for TopBlogs2013, “5 Of The Top Medical Blogs To Follow,” the moderator recommended five top blogs where students can learn more about health and medicine.
- Kevin MD: regular updates and easy to understand
- Doctor Grumpy: humorous but educational
- Rogue Medic: nurses share their unique experiences and stories
- Body in Mind: alternative medicine focus
- Emergency Medicine Cases: reads like a television episode paced with drama and information; you can read or listen to each episode
You may find these blogs so interesting that you’ll want to subscribe to them so that you can get updates even after your paper is turned in.
In a 2011 article for MastersDegree.net, “Best Blogs for Med Students,” writers created a comprehensive list of medical-related blogs assembled by categories such as:
- News and views
- For students
- By medical students
“Sometimes it can be nice to get some reassurance that you’re not alone, remind yourself why you got into the field in the first place, and just enjoy reading about medical topics for something other than class. These blogs offer medical students at all levels a chance to do just that, with insights and advice from others in their position, doctors and health care experts from around the world,” one writer said.
Resources for health and medical research paper topics
While blogs related to health and medical topics are good sources of information and opinion, you’ll also want to check out some of the major websites for information on these topics.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [www.cdc.gov]: The CDC site has an index that will be invaluable in helping you locate information on any topic. You’ll find the site especially helpful for anything related to cancer from prevention to treatment to statistical data.
Mayo Clinic [www.mayoclinic.org]: The Mayo Clinic site offers information on diseases, tests and procedures, drugs and much, much more. Be sure to check out the Symptom Checker when you want to find out the possible causes of an ailment.
National Eating Disorders [www.nationaleatingdisorders.org]: If you are interested in researching disorders such as anorexia, then be sure to visit this site. You’ll find information on research and treatment for eating disorders.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)[nccam.nih.gov]: NCCAM is the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine. On this site you can look up foods and herbal remedies and learn about the scientific basis for their effectiveness.
Do your health and medicine research on Questia where you can find millions of books and articles for your research papers.
What’s your favorite health or medical topic? Tell us in the comments below.