Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe a set of progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and chronic asthma. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) defines it as ‘a disease state characterised by persistent airflow limitation that is usually progressive and is associated with a chronic inflammatory … Read more

Prevalence of myopia in China, Japan and Taiwan

(Draft) 1. China The prevalence of myopia is especially high among Chinese and Japanese(citation). In China, the increased in the prevalence in myopia is largely seen in the urban cities more than a rural area, it may due to the large population or it may result from the lifestyle and the educational level. The cities … Read more

Could media campaigns be a reliable solution in the prevention & reduction of obesity cases?

Media campaigns are most often used as a persuasion tool, through the organized use of mass media for a specific activity (Sullivan, 2009). These campaigns aim to influence targeted populations to undertake, or not, certain courses of actions. (Sullivan, 2009). The responses that arise from these mostly include policy changes, donations, changes in voting outcomes, … Read more

Association between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease

Introduction Recently, the association between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and periodontal disease has been investigated. Reports have shown an increase in prevalence and association between the two when compared to clinically healthy patients. Inflammation is the primary feature that both of these diseases share. There are clinical features of periodontal disease in those with RA, differences … Read more

Literature review – technology use children / guilt & shame in children

Cho, K., & Lee, J. (2017). Influence of smartphone addiction proneness of young children on problematic behaviors and emotional intelligence: Mediating self-assessment effects of parents using smartphones. Computers in Human Behavior, 66, 303-311. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2016.09.063 This study discussed relationships between parent attitudes toward smartphone use, children’s proneness to smartphone addiction, child problem behaviors, and child emotional … Read more

Suicidal Patients Seeking Help in Health Care

Abstract Depression and suicide are becoming extremely relevant in today’s society. While gaining access to treatment and care is possible, lack of drive to seek help or lack of funding hospitals leads to more and more deaths from suicide every year. Not only is this a problem for the individual, but it also prevents an … Read more

Examination of 3 articles on refugees and healthcare

Article 1: Healthcare access for refugee women with limited literacy: layers of disadvantage. Authors: Annette Floyd and Dikaios Sakellariou Published: 25 august 2017 Reason for the study Refugees have a higher burden of diseases and a compromised access to healthcare. Refugees face many barriers, like limited knowledge on the lived experiences of this population. Strategies … Read more

Examining The Different Nuisances of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a psychotic disorder that generally affects cognition, movement and one’s emotions. Schizophrenia is distinguished by sudden breaks from reality, hallucinations, disorderly speech and behave that leaves others baffled. Schizophrenia is a disorder that comes with an array of symptoms. The diagnosis of this psychotic disorder is arrived at by taking into account all … Read more

Attentional Blink

Our brains constantly receive vast amounts of information from our surroundings. Attention allows us to selectively process this information, enabling us to ignore any irrelevant information, so we can interpret and attend to more important information. However, attention has temporal limits, this is demonstrated by a phenomenon known as the attentional blink (AB). AB can … Read more

Aspects of palliative care and homelessness

Introduction Whether we like to admit it or not, homelessness is a prevalent issue within our Canadian society. According to statistics Canada, approximately 13% of the Canadian population earns what is considered a ‘low-income’ salary and estimates 150,000-300,000 Canadians experience homeless annually per year (retrieved from https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/75-006-x/2016001/article/14678-eng.htm). Homelessness is a state where an individual or … Read more

Vaccines are important to the future of a healthy human race

High fevers, rashes, infections, pneumonia, brain damage, muscle aches, swelling, inflammation of the brain and tissue, severe skin infections, and death. These are just a few of the many ramifications of vaccine preventable diseases(cdc). The diseases, and their complications become even more detrimental in the elderly, pregnant and in babies. The solution to these diseases … Read more

Tuberculosis awareness survey

Tuberculosis is a very common disease in the modern world. In many parts of the world, Tuberculosis has been known as the coughing disease. The reason for this name is because uncontrollable coughing is one of the most common symptoms that Tuberculosis patients get. One may think that coughing could never kill a person. However, … Read more

BioDentine – dentine substitute material in endodontic procedures, compared to MTA

Biodentine: Usually, Biodentine is present as a capsule containing the ideal ratio of powder and liquid. The liquid contains calcium chloride which acts as an accelerator, hydro soluble polymer functions as water reducing agent and water. The powder contains Tricalcium silicate (3CaO.SiO2) (main core material), Dicalcium silicate (2CaO.SiO2) (second core material), Calcium carbonate (CaCO2) (filler), … Read more

Coping in young adults

Abstract A scoping review was orchestrated to provide a general overview of coping in young adults. This type of review was selected for this paper as it allows for broad questions with the inquiry of the topic in related literature. This paper focuses on exploring the question of how coping mechanisms influence health of young … Read more

Exercise is Medicine – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

INTRODUCTION: Exercise is Medicine (EIM) is a global health initiative directed by the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) that promotes the incorporation of physical activity by qualified health care professionals into treatment programmes for patients (Exercise is Medicine, 2019). It is widely acknowledged that physical exercise is crucially important for one’s optimal health and … Read more

How to write a health essay

Introduction

Understanding how to write a health essay starts with understanding the question being asked. Only after understanding the question can you conduct thorough and specific research and structure your arguments properly.

The research, which should largely be from peer reviewed journals, is followed by the writing proper. In your senior education experience there will be different questions for health essays but their responses should follow the same structure. The conventional structure is one with the Introduction, the Body and the Conclusion. After completing the first draft, its arguments should be refined. Then you put such finishing touches as the formatting structures in order. And before you hand in your paper make sure it is not plagiarised; that is well-referenced and is original.

Below is a guide on how to write a health essay and if you follow these guidelines you give yourself a better chance at getting the grade you are hoping for:

Understand the essay question

An understanding of the question being asked is the beginning of writing a successful health essay. Get the question that is being asked, wrong, and it does not matter how well you elucidate your arguments, the essay will be wrong. With this in mind, take as much time as you can to understand the question being asked. Pester your instructor for clarification; consult your dictionary for the precise meaning of those deceptive terms. Understanding the question being asked will help you develop a seamless structure for your essay. It will also demonstrate the direction you need to take when reading for your essay.

Research from Peer-reviewed Journals

Researching your health essay will be as time-consuming as writing it. You should comb through the mounds of research sources with a fine tooth comb. Choosing from the different sources is a research skill that needs to be cultivated as much as choosing the right words for your essay. At your disposal is your school library with all that it contains: both electronic and print; newspapers, magazines, encyclopaedias and health surveys.

You are also not restricted from contacting professional organizations and healthcare institutions. The list is wide and varied. Unless you have been prompted by your tutor to conduct interviews and surveys, you need to avoid health institutions and other professional bodies. Concentrate on non-empirical research materials.

For non-empirical/theoretical research it is advisable to use peer-reviewed journals. This helps you to directly evaluate research that bears on your research topic. Research on peer-reviewed journals is preferred to duplicating opinions and summaries from the textbooks and internet sources. Peer reviewed journals are the platforms where scientific debates take place. It is therefore a highly valuable skill to be able to disseminate findings from such authoritative platforms. It also goes a long way to demonstrate your understanding of the question in the essay. To access peer reviewed journals online you can visit such electronic databases like MEDLINE and PUBMED.

Structure your essay; introduction, body, conclusion

Different essay questions will invariably follow a similar structure. A conventional health essay should have the introduction, the main body and the conclusion.

The Introduction

The introduction should have an overview of what you plan to include in your paper. In addition, it should also indicate your plan on how to articulate your arguments.

The Body

The overview and how you plan to go about your arguments will be reflected in the main body. The arguments presented in the main body should be coherent and flow seamlessly from one to the other. The paragraphs should be written in such a manner that they naturally flow from one paragraph to the next.

The Conclusion

The conclusion contains a sum up of all that has been discussed in the main body. Also in the conclusion you can present the message you want your reader to get. Be careful not to go beyond what has been presented in the essay.

Refine your arguments for Coherence and Flow

After writing the first draft, you are supposed to make sure that your essay specifically addresses the question asked. You should also ensure that the arguments flow in a coherent fashion.

Students have employed several ways to ensure that their essay is specific and is coherent. The three most common ways include: leaving the essay for a week or more after writing the first draft before attempting changes; reading the essay aloud to enable judgments on coherence and flow; and diagramming the structure to ensure a logical progression.

Formatting structures for finishing touches

The finishing touches of a health essay have to do with complying with formatting structures set out by your higher education. You need to follow these formatting structures or else you will not impress your tutor and will not get the grades you are hoping for.

Some typical formatting structures include font size and style (size 12 and Times New Roman); margin size which should not go beyond 2cm; line spacing (the essay should either be doubled spaced or 1.5); and you double check if your essay requires footers and headers or not.

Avoid plagiarism by referencing properly

It is academic theft to use sources and not acknowledge its owners. This is called plagiarism. You should always acknowledge the sources you used to formulate your arguments. This can be achieved with proper documentation. Documentation entails proper in-text citation and referencing which is done at the end of the essay. Failure to do this will mean your essay will lack in originality and could get you kicked off of your course. A free plagiarism checker such as https://www.plagiarismchecker.net can help you double check you haven’t accidentally plagiarised.

We hope you gained a lot from reading our free ‘how to write a health essay‘ guide.