Research topic: the American diet and new dietary guidelines

The American diet is one of the worst in the world. Later in 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will publish an updated Dietary Guidelines booklet promoting new nutrition data and a healthy diet. Not everyone is on board with the changes.

Many unhealthy foods make up the American diet. (Credit: Hartman Group)

Many unhealthy foods make up the American diet. (Credit: Hartman Group)

Interesting research paper topics could be to discuss the American diet, updated nutrition information and ways companies are promoting healthy eating. Read more

Health research paper: What our bad eating habits really mean

While we may have more knowledge than ever before about what constitutes a healthy diet, we aren’t following through on that information when it comes to our eating habits. A new study on Americans found that a vast majority isn’t eating the recommended daily allowance of fruits and vegetables.

The Carl's Jr./Hardee's "Most American Burger" is an example of eating poorly. (Credit: Borderless News and Views)

The Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s “Most American Burger” is an example of eating poorly. (Credit: Borderless News and Views)

But it isn’t just the decrease in healthy choices versus the increase in junk food that is a problem, it’s also the amount of food wasted in America that has many people upset. Read more

Research topic: Artificial pancreas may help with Type 1 and 2 diabetes

Technology is ever-evolving, especially when it comes to health care. The latest innovation on the horizon could potentially provide life-changing benefits to those with Type 1 and 2 diabetes. Science appears to be on the verge of creating the equivalent of an artificial pancreas, the organ that is responsible for regulating blood sugar in the body.

Learn more about the artificial pancreas. (Credit: American Diabetes Association Journals)

Learn more about the artificial pancreas. (Credit: American Diabetes Association Journals)

For people with Type 1 diabetes or Type 2 diabetes, this would mean no more having to monitor their glucose level or injecting extra insulin. Instead their body would be able to maintain an ideal blood sugar level on its own through the artificial pancreas. Read more

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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