Health is such a gigantic topic, it can be hard to decide what you want to write about. We understand. We've chosen 10 good ones for you, and will share a few thoughts to get you started.
A quick word of advice: choose something you have some experience with. Do you know someone who is struggling with a health issue? You might be able to interview him or her. Is there something that runs in your family? This would be a good chance for you to educate yourself about it.
Writing a research paper is a learning experience. We sometimes forget that. What do you want to learn?
In 2010, there were 68,130 new cases of melanoma in the U.S., according to the National Cancer Institute, and 8,700 people died from the disease.
That's rather stunning.
We worship the sun, slathering tanning lotion all over our bodies and basking in it. When we can't do that, we crawl into a tanning bed and get bronze artificially. Our vanity is killing us.
Teach the A-B-C-D-E's of identifying melanoma. You'll find info online at cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/skin.
More on melanoma:
Did you know that your body's peak bone mass is reached at about 30? After that, bone resorption begins to exceed new bone formation. If you aren't taking measures to ensure bone strength, you could develop osteoporsis.
You've seen older people who are bent almost in half. That's what osteoporosis can do to a person. The disease makes your bones porous and prone to breaking.
If you're a woman nearing menopause, this might be a great topic for you to write about. It could change your life. Bone loss is fastest in the first few years after menopause.
You hear a lot about how many children today are affected by autism. If you don't have a child with autism, or know one, it can be a confusing disease.
Are you going into a field that involves children? This might be a great topic for you.
Lisa Jo Rudy is the Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders at About, and she has lots of info available to get you started.
Obesity is a big topic all by itself, and I don't intend the pun. We all know that obesity is becoming a national epidemic in the U.S., and the myriad complications are said to be one cause for soaring health insurance rates. The issue is complicated. Choose one aspect of obesity and focus on it, unless you have a whole lot of pages to write.
5. Heart Attack
When a woman has a heart attack, her symptoms are different than a man's. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and I'm not sure they know it. If you ask a woman, she will probably say breast cancer. We all need more education about heart disease in the U.S.
At womenheart.org, they state that "1 in two women will die of heart disease or stroke, compared with one in 25 women who will die of breast cancer."
That's pretty impressive. In a bad way, obviously.
6. The Power of the Mind
Not all health topics have to be related to disease. Wellness is a fabulous topic to write about, and the power of the mind is something many people have no clue about. Do you? Find out.
Do you know that you become what you think about? You Are What You Think
There's nothing more embarrassing than weeing in your pants when you laugh too hard or sneeze. And yet, many more people than you would ever guess have a problem with urinary incontinence for a variety of reasons.
There are solutions, and that's what your paper is about.
Options for women with breast cancer continue to evolve. Dr. Suzanne Klimberg, for example, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has developed several new procedures that help women preserve a natural look after mastectomy, and preserve the function of their lymph nodes, avoiding lymph edema.
Research these new developments, and you might be able to help a woman close to you. One in eight women will develop breast cancer.
Menopause is another topic that is not a disease, although if you're a woman over 50, you may beg to differ. We're all destined to go through this phase in life, unless something in your life has interrupted the usual schedule.
Choose menopause if you're a non-traditional student close to 50, and you will add an aspect of authenticity to your paper, especially if you have started to experience symptoms.
Explore all the options a woman has today. Here are some ideas: