New research: The health risks of diet soda and artificial sweeteners

Drinking diet soda has always seemed like a healthier alternative to regular, sugary soda, allowing you to skip the sugar, while still enjoying your beverage of choice.

Diet soda may pose more health risks than once thought. (Credit: Answers.com)

Diet soda may pose more health risks than once thought. (Credit: Answers.com)

But new research has shown that the artificial sweeteners used in diet soda can cause serious health risks, increasing your chance of developing a chronic disease, such as diabetes or heart disease. Read more

Cover the vaccination debate for your next research paper

During the month of January 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracked 102 cases of measles reported across 14 states. This measles outbreak is a cause for concern because so many cases were reported in such a short time compared to previous years. In 2014, a record 644 cases of measles were recorded from 27 states. That was the greatest number of cases since the year 2000.

It is now possible to receive a free vaccination in some areas. (Credit: About the MMR Vaccine)

It is now possible to receive a free vaccination in some areas. (Credit: About the MMR Vaccine)

The fear of a severe outbreak has reignited the vaccination debate and the question of personal choice in the use of vaccines. As the story continues to unfold, it makes for a good research paper topic. Read more

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In the spring, we at Questia announced the winners of the third “Questia’s Most Valuable Professors” contest, as part of our ongoing dedication to education. College students from across the country nominated special professors they believed deserved the title of Most Valuable Professor (MVP).

For the grand prize, we pledged to establish five $500 scholarships in each of the winning professors’ names. Those winners have earned the responsibility of selecting the scholarship criteria and selecting the scholarship recipients. Read more

Superbugs and antibiotic resistance for your research paper topic

The recent deaths of two patients at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center in California from a bacterial infection have put drug-resistant superbugs back in the news.

Consider discussing drug-resistant superbugs for your research paper. (Credit: Higher Perspective)

Consider discussing drug-resistant superbugs for your research paper. (Credit: Higher Perspective)

Not only is antibiotic resistance a real threat, but the dearth of any new antibiotics on the horizon have many in healthcare more worried than ever about superbugs. What happens if all our antibiotics fail? Read more

Research paper topic: Early onset Alzheimer’s disease

When you’re looking for a research paper topic related to medical issues, early onset Alzheimer’s disease may not be the first idea that comes to mind. But the new film, Still Alice, may cause you to reconsider. Based on the novel by Lisa Genova, Still Alice stars Julianne Moore in the title role of Alice Howland.

The hit film Still Alice shows the impacts of early onset Alzheimer's disease. (Credit: HitFix)

The hit film Still Alice shows the impacts of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. (Credit: HitFix)

The film shows how Alice’s diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s impacted both her and her family. With stunning performances from the cast, which includes Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart, Still Alice carries a real emotional punch. Read more

Research topic: Anger at anti-vaccine movement after Disneyland measles outbreak

Remember the measles? Probably not. In fact the disease was considered eradicated from the U.S. at the beginning of the 21st century. One dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR, is considered 95 percent effective, while two doses are considered 99 percent effective.

A recent hot topic covers the debate on vaccinations due to a measles outbreak. (Credit: The Event Chronicle)

A recent hot topic covers the debate on vaccinations due to a measles outbreak. (Credit: The Event Chronicle)

But in the last month the disease has roared back to life with a measles outbreak linked to Disneyland. It is the latest in the battle between the anti-vaccine movement and immunizations. Who will win, and who will lose? Read more

Research healthcare issues for your next term paper

The doctor patient relationship used to be sacred, but can we still say that? The latest news about healthcare issues centers around whether or not the advice that TV doctors, such as Doctor Oz, is good or even factual, while others are reporting on the cyber security of our healthcare information.

Healthcare questions have been raised over the factual accuracy of Doctor Oz's advice. (Credit: TV.com)

Healthcare questions have been raised over the factual accuracy of Doctor Oz’s advice. (Credit: TV.com)

Still other news outlets are asking if patients themselves are being honest with medical professionals. Are you honest with your doctor, and are there ramifications if you aren’t? Read more

How to cover the NHL mumps outbreak for your health research paper

Sidney Crosby has joined 13 of his fellow National Hockey League members in an unusual new club: They are all victims of the latest mumps outbreak.

Sidney Crosby is one of 13 NHL players who have fallen victim to the mumps. (Credit: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)

Sidney Crosby is one of 13 NHL players who have fallen victim to the mumps. (Credit: Bruce Bennett, Getty Images)

Vaccines and immunizations have already been in the news of late due to recent measles outbreaks around the country, but the Pittsburgh Penguins player had received his mumps immunization, as well as a recent booster shot, so he was perceived as low risk. Consider covering the recent mumps outbreak in the NHL for your next research paper in health and medicine, primarily on immunizations. Read more

Research topic: Ebola fighters named Person of the Year

A good research paper topic for your term paper could be to write about real world heroes who contribute to the greater good. For example, this year’s Time “Person of the Year” is Ebola fighters, those courageous men and women who worked with Ebola victims at the risk of their own health.

Ebola fighters named Time Person of the Year. (Credit: ABC News)

Ebola fighters named Time Person of the Year. (Credit: ABC News)

Topics for research papers could be to write about why some people sacrifice their well-being for others or how Ebola caregivers worked in regions without adequate medical supplies or political help. Read more

Obamacare news for your next research paper

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, requires you to purchase health insurance. Instead of waiting until you have a qualifying life event, you can sign up for health care from November 15, 2014, through February 15, 2015.

Learn more about Obamacare. (Credit: Politico.com)

Learn more about Obamacare. (Credit: Politico.com)

According to the Obamacare news, you can also change plans or apply for payment assistance during this special enrollment period. Subsidies to help you pay the premiums are available when you enroll in the health insurance marketplace. Read more