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

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