Research topics on aging and the elderly

If we live long enough then we all have something in common — aging. The elderly, often defined as someone over age 65, now comprise 14 percent of the U.S. population and are projected to rise to 20 percent by the year 2050. For your next term paper you might consider research topics on aging such as age discrimination or aging and sexuality.

Learn more about aging and gerontology. (Credit: eHow blog)

Learn more about aging and gerontology. (Credit: eHow blog)

You might even want to take a course on gerontology which is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging and elderly people. Read more

Fast food industry term paper topics

The fast food industry offers a lot of good research paper topics. You can write about the economics, food preparation, food supply, consumer perception of fast food, nutritional content or employee wages.

The many fast food options you can research. (Credit: The Global Gossip)

The many fast food options you can research. (Credit: The Global Gossip)

Here are some suggestions for term paper topics on food trends and economics at fast food restaurants. Read more

Mental health research paper: Gain a sense of belonging

Everyone wants to feel like they belong to a group or community, but sometimes college students may feel like an outsider—a stranger in a strange land. First-generation college students and diverse students may feel especially isolated. Psychology studies have shown that for good student health, connection to others improves motivation, mental health and happiness.

Find out more about a sense of belonging. (Credit: chamasoft.com)

Find out more about a sense of belonging. (Credit: chamasoft.com)

For interesting research paper topics for your psychology or mental health class, consider exploring mental health news to uncover ways to develop a sense of belonging. Read more

Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and its experimental treatment for your research paper

Alzheimer’s disease is a growing concern for many people, from those who are afflicted to the people who care for them. How to prevent dementia and the cognitive decline that comes with this disease are of the utmost importance to researchers and the medical community.

Discuss Alzheimer's disease and its potential treatment for your research paper. (Credit: Getty)

Discuss Alzheimer’s disease and its potential treatment for your research paper. (Credit: Getty)

A new experimental treatment has shown some promise of creating a dementia drug to counteract Alzheimer’s in initial trials. But more studies must be done to see if the promising treatment is truly effective. Read more

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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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