What has become of antibiotic drugs

You catch a bug, head to the doctor, they hook you up with an antibiotic and you go on your merry way. Right? Well, the latest news in health and medicine says we may have been overdoing it, and, in the process, creating diseases with antibiotic resistance. So how to prevent antibiotic resistance from getting worse?

People have been overdoing it with antibiotics, which can result in antibiotic resistance. (Credit: Amanda Kahler)

People have been overdoing it with antibiotics, which can result in antibiotic resistance. (Credit: Amanda Kahler)

There haven’t been any new antibiotic drugs created by the pharmaceutical industry in recent years nor any on the horizon, leaving doctors stumped and more and more people worried. Read more

The fight to overturn Proposition 8 in California

“The Case Against 8” is an HBO documentary that takes an in-depth look at the federal lawsuit to overturn California Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriages. Five years in the making, the film shows the behind-the-scenes workings of a legal team dedicated to restoring the right to marriage for all Californians.

A behind-the-scenes view of the fight against California Proposition 8 is shown in "The Case Against 8." (Credit: Flixster)

A behind-the-scenes view of the fight against California Proposition 8 is shown in “The Case Against 8.” (Credit: Flixster)

Currently running on HBO, “The Case Against 8” has won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award and the South by Southwest (SXSW) Audience award since its opening on June 6, 2014. Read more

How the War on Drugs is a problem, not a solution

Since President Richard Nixon first declared a nationwide War on Drugs in June 1971, law enforcement and the U.S. government have operated under the idea that the best drug policy was to jail anyone using or selling drugs. Debate continues to rage about how effective this has been over the last 40 years.

Isn't it time to repeal the War on Drugs? (Credit: William Reed)

Isn’t it time to repeal the War on Drugs? (Credit: William Reed)

Many believe that the War on Drugs has created more problems than it has solved, such as treating addicts like criminals instead of treating drug addiction as a medical condition. There are also the class issues involved with how drug abuse is punished, prison overcrowding, increasing violence and death connected to drug cartels, and finally a growing movement for legalization of drugs. Read more

Will the student loan debt crisis ever improve?

The student debt crisis received a setback recently when the Bank on Student Loan Fairness Act sponsored by Senator Elizabeth Warren died in the Senate. It fell four votes shy of moving on for debate.

The default rate for a student loan is its highest since 1995. (Credit: Alex Dvorkin)

The default rate for a student loan is its highest since 1995. (Credit: Alex Dvorkin)

According to the Project on Student Debt, 71% of college seniors who graduated in 2013 had an average student loan debt of $29,400 per borrower. From 2008 to 2012, debt at graduation increased an average of 6% each year. President Obama has issued several executive orders to help college students with their debt. Read more

The latest on Iraq — ISIS challenging Al-Qaeda

In recent weeks, the situation in Iraq has unraveled, with ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) overtaking much of the country. Iraq news today brings new information about how ISIS is challenging Al-Qaeda by declaring a new Islamic state as they strive to build on the centuries-old conflict of Sunni vs. Shiite in the region.

ISIS, the militant jihadists terrorizing and overtaking city after city in Iraq. (Credit: StMA)

ISIS, the militant jihadists terrorizing and overtaking city after city in Iraq. (Credit: StMA)

Creation of new Islamic state

The leaders of ISIS recently announced the restoration of the 7th-century Islamic caliphate. Read more

The changing attitude toward same sex marriage

The topic of same sex marriage has many areas to explore for research paper topics, from marriage benefits for same sex couples, to religion and same sex marriage, to how society’s changing its attitude on the topic of same sex marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

The attitude change towards same sex marriage has made it more accepted in society. (Credit: krausnotes.com)

The attitude change towards same sex marriage has made it more accepted in society. (Credit: krausnotes.com)

These are just a few of the good research paper topics to explore for a range of classes—sociology, religion, LGBT studies and more. Read more

Cheating in college and what’s being done about it

Cheating on college campuses has been a problem for many years. College students cheat on midterms, a final exam or term paper for many reasons, usually to improve their college GPA or to “get through” a class they find uninteresting. Colleges and universities are taking notice and taking action to dissuade college cheating and improve student success.

One of the many cheating techniques college students use. (Credit: The Atlantic)

One of the many cheating techniques college students use. (Credit: The Atlantic)

Why students cheat

Researchers say that two-thirds of college students engage in some form of cheating. Read more

Children’s literature classic made into film adaptation

Once again, Hollywood has turned to a beloved icon of children’s literature for its latest film adaptation. The Paddington Bear movie, to be released on Christmas Day 2014 in the United States, will star Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist with her eye on the marmalade-loving creature, and Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters as Paddington’s adopted parents, the Browns.

The children's literature book Paddington Bear is being turned into a film adaptation. (Credit: Shine a light)

The children’s literature book Paddington Bear is being turned into a film adaptation. (Credit: Shine a light)

But who will voice Paddington now that Colin Firth will not be playing the part? For your next literature or film studies research paper, learn about how children’s literature books compare to their film adaptations. Read more

Overall teen health better, improvement still needed

The results of the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey have been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and show that teen health is improving overall.

While overall teen health has improved, texting while driving is still a cause for concern. (Credit: Samuel Bravonicci)

While overall teen health has improved, texting while driving is still a cause for concern. (Credit: Samuel Bravonicci)

Smoking and drinking have decreased amongst teens, but other risk behaviors associated with teen sexual activity and texting and driving are on the rise. Overall, the research seems to indicate that teen health is moving in the right direction, but there is still room for improvement. Read more