Research topic ideas: Healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Interesting research paper topics in the category of healthcare reform include the rising costs of healthcare, value-based performance (VBP) of hospitals under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and consumers’ satisfaction with the ACA.

Learn more about healthcare reform for your research paper. (Credit: Insurance Marketplace)

Learn more about healthcare reform for your research paper. (Credit: Insurance Marketplace)

Here is some Obamacare news to get you started on your term paper. Read more

Genetic engineering and GMO term paper topics

Genetic engineering offers many good hot button research topics.

Learn more about genetic engineering and GMOs here. (Credit: Nutraceuticals World)

Learn more about genetic engineering and GMOs here. (Credit: Nutraceuticals World)

Here are some term paper ideas on genetic engineering in humans, GMO foods and genetically modified crops and genetic modification of plants for medicine. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Develop your knowledge of diseases and medicine

Over time, there has been much progress made in regards to diseases and medicine.

Check out our best books on diseases and medicine. (Credit: eBay)

Check out our best books on diseases and medicine. (Credit: eBay)

Learn more about how far we’ve come since Ancient times and the Civil War to get to today’s modern medicine advancements through the following books – FREE for the next month! Read more

America’s addiction to prescription painkillers as your research paper topic

As we learn more details about the death of rock star Prince, more attention is being focused on the widespread misuse of prescription painkillers. Statistics show that painkillers like oxycodone are the leading cause of unintentional death in the U.S. accounting for one death every 19 minutes.

Find out more about prescription painkillers for your next research paper. (Credit: Soren Dreier)

Find out more about prescription painkillers for your next research paper. (Credit: Soren Dreier)

When access to prescription painkillers is cut off then the next move is to street drugs like heroin. Both types of drugs have the same chemical structures and provide the same results. Consider taking a look at America’s growing opioid epidemic for your next research paper. Read more

Research paper topic: Anti-vaccines and data analysis methods

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who started the anti-vax movement in 1998, has directed a documentary film on the subject of vaccines. Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe opened on May 6, 2016 in several U.S. cities. The film gained attention when it was accepted and then pulled from the lineup at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

What do you know about vaccines? (Credit: Vaxxed.com)

What do you know about vaccines? (Credit: Vaxxed.com)

The major premise of the film is that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) committed fraud when it published findings saying that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Controversy over the research methods that support anti-vax ideology would make a great research paper topic. Read more

Research paper topics: Life expectancy affected by income inequality and regional location

Using more than a billion Social Security and tax records, Stanford professor of economics Raj Chetty and his team supported a previously discovered correlation: the wealthy live longer than the poor. But they also found another startling factor they can’t yet explain: regional location has an impact on life expectancy as well.

Joggers in Central Park, New York, NY, one of the cities where lower income earners have the highest life expectancy. (Credit: Patrick Gruban)

Joggers in Central Park, New York, NY, one of the cities where lower income earners have the highest life expectancy. (Credit: Patrick Gruban)

While Chetty offered the possibility that life expectancy is higher in more prosperous communities, where regional government regulates health behaviors, such as smoking bans, more research will be needed to isolate the causes. If you are looking for research paper topics in economics or health studies, consider taking a look at this latest study and other ideas related to income inequality. Read more

Genetic mutations and inherited diseases research paper topics

Started in 2014, the Resilience Project aims to profile the DNA of thousands of healthy adults to learn more about the ways our bodies protect us from inherited diseases. The hope is that by studying a wide range of people, the researchers can learn more about natural immunity, as well as genetic mutations that help and hurt us.

Find out more about genetic mutations and inherited diseases. (Credit: Sahifa)

Find out more about genetic mutations and inherited diseases. (Credit: Sahifa)

The Project and its goals hit on a number of other research paper topics as well, from information on how DNA first came to be mapped to what we still don’t understand about the building block of our bodies. Read more

Developmental and learning disabilities research paper topics

If you are pursuing an undergraduate degree in medicine, psychology, or education, you are likely to encounter courses centering on developmental and learning disabilities. While you are looking for research paper topics discussing developmental disorders and learning disabilities, consider looking into current news articles for ideas.

What do you know about learning disabilities? (Credit: Lance Cpl. Andrea Ovalle)

What do you know about learning disabilities? (Credit: Lance Cpl. Andrea Ovalle)

Autism frequently appears in news articles, especially around World Autism Day, which occurs on April 2. Other topics, such as Down syndrome, appeared in articles surrounding the March observance of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Read more

Sleep deprivation and daylight saving time as your health research topic

Having once again just sprung forward an hour thanks to daylight saving time, you may still be adjusting to the time change. But what studies are revealing is that the shifting one hour ahead can cause some serious health problems, as well as adding to Americans’ levels of sleep deprivation.

Do you deal with sleep deprivation? (Credit: Jeg & Sons)

Do you deal with sleep deprivation? (Credit: Jeg & Sons)

A research paper could examine not only the health effects of too little sleep, but also the societal issues surrounding sleep and why we don’t value it. Read more

Vaccines and immunizations as good research paper topics

Recently in the news there has been positive and negative stories about vaccines and immunizations. On the good side, a new study has shown that the HPV virus has been reduced significantly due to the HPV vaccine, which was introduced a decade ago.

Find out more about the use of vaccines here. (Credit: Getty)

Find out more about the use of vaccines here. (Credit: Getty)

However in Great Britain, the death of several children due to a meningitis outbreak has raised debate about who is allowed to receive certain vaccines and immunizations and when in that country. Vaccines have become a source of conflict in the last several decades, offering many research paper topics to explore. Read more