The debate on assisted suicide for your research paper

What would you do if you were given only six months to live? Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard was faced with that question when she was diagnosed with a devastating form of brain cancer. The former San Francisco resident was told she was terminally ill. She opted to move, with her husband, to Oregon where assisted suicide is legal.

A quote by Brittany Maynard, who recently took on assisted suicide due to terminal brain cancer. (Credit: YouTube)

A quote by Brittany Maynard, who recently took on assisted suicide due to terminal brain cancer. (Credit: YouTube)

Maynard’s decision has been covered extensively in the news and opened up a huge debate on the issue of whether terminally ill patients have a right to die at a time of their own choosing. Read more

Discuss the handling of Ebola outbreak in your research paper

On Saturday October 18, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged it may be able to declare Nigeria to be Ebola free on Monday October 20, 2014, if no new cases are reported.

Research the Ebola outbreak and how it can be dealt with in the future. (Credit: The Health Site)

Research the Ebola outbreak and how it can be dealt with in the future. (Credit: The Health Site)

While the nation is currently riveted on the emergence of the Ebola virus in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is facing criticism regarding its handling of the disease. It’s clear that we need to learn from the Nigeria Ebola experience so that we can deal with this and other epidemics both now and in the future. Read more

Borderline personality disorder: Topics for research paper

The subject of personality and emotions covers many psychological conditions concerning emotional regulation, including borderline personality disorder. Some people have difficulty managing their emotions, controlling addictions or dealing with feelings of suicide, such as with comedian and Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams who recently succumbed to suicide due to borderline personality disorder.

Well-known actor Robin Williams suffered from borderline personality disorder. (Credit: Politisite.com)

Well-known actor Robin Williams suffered from borderline personality disorder. (Credit: Politisite.com)

Another example, borderline personality disorder symptoms can include impulse control and difficulty relating to others. Here are some good research paper topics for personality and emotion issues, conditions and treatments. Read more

Civil War nurses: Why are battlefield angels the unsung heroes?

Richard F. Welch recently wrote “A Civil War Love Story” for The New York Times Opinionator blog. It tells the story of Arabella Wharton Griffith, one of the volunteer nurses in the United States Sanitary Commission, the forerunner of the Red Cross. Griffith died of typhus 150 years ago in 1864. Her husband, Francis Channing Barlow, was one of only a few men who entered the Civil War as an enlisted man and ended it as a general.

A preliminary sketch of one of many Civil War nurses, Arabella Wharton Griffith, at the Sedgwick Division Field Hospital. (Credit: The Civil War Roundtable)

A preliminary sketch of one of many Civil War nurses, Arabella Wharton Griffith, at the Sedgwick Division Field Hospital. (Credit: The Civil War Roundtable)

In 1895, as he lay near death, Barlow told a visiting friend, “The finest monument in this country” would be built to commemorate the “loyal women of the Civil War.” However, most Civil War nurses remain unknown today. So, why are these “Battlefield Angels” the unsung heroes 150 years later? Read more

Ebola virus outbreak for your health research paper

The latest Ebola virus outbreak has claimed the lives of more than 670 people in West Africa in the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Two doctors from the United States are the latest to be diagnosed with the severe and generally fatal infection.

A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (Credit: AFP Photo / Seyllou)

A view of gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, on April 1, 2014. (Credit: AFP Photo / Seyllou)

Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that a man arrived in Lagos, Nigeria, on an international flight, already sick with Ebola, and died there on July 25. This raises concerns about the disease being transmitted beyond Africa. For your next research paper, you can focus your topic on the Ebola virus itself or health in third world countries. Read more

AIDS and HIV: Health education research topics

Other than finding a cure for cancer, curing AIDS might just be the holy grail of medicine. But doctors are loath to speculate on when a real solution, such as an AIDS vaccine, might be developed.

Educating each other on AIDS and HIV is a start to help eliminate it. (Credit: Youthincharge.com)

Educating each other on AIDS and HIV is a start to help eliminate it. (Credit: Youthincharge.com)

Over the past 30 years, much progress has been made on managing HIV, but eliminating AIDS and HIV is years away at best, if a cure is even possible. For your next research paper in health education, a good topic to cover would be on the prevention and management of AIDS and HIV. Read more

The good and bad of online gaming for your research paper

Online gaming is just some harmless fun, a way to pass the time or hang with friends. Right? Unfortunately, for some, Internet game addiction has taken a darker turn as shown in an upcoming HBO documentary—“Love Child.”

The consequences and dangers of online gaming can result in tragedy. (Credit: Jamaal Ryan)

The consequences and dangers of online gaming can result in tragedy. (Credit: Jamaal Ryan)

Exploring the tragic consequences and dangers of online gaming for one young, South Korean couple and their baby, the “Love Child” documentary will no doubt contribute to society’s ongoing discussion of how technology is changing us for the good and for the bad. A thorough discussion on addiction and substance abuse in general can also contribute to a great research paper topic. Read more

Medical marijuana approval on the rise

On Monday July 7, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, which allows doctors to prescribe medical marijuana under certain conditions. On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Washington fulfilled voters’ wishes by opening medical marijuana dispensaries for business.

Which states will be next to legalize marijuana? (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Which states will be next to legalize marijuana? (Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

In November 2012, voters in both Washington and Colorado passed legislation that legalizes marijuana for adults over the age of 21. The increase in legislation approving medical cannabis seems to be part of a growing trend among states to legalize marijuana. Read more

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

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