Mortality Trends with Alzheimer’s Disease (Slides)
Slides from Dr. Brian Ivanovic’s presentation at the SOA Underwriting Issues & Innovations Seminar, Aug 1-2, 2016 in Chicago have been posted.
(Go to “Medical Topics” at the 8:05-9:40am time slot to download PDF)
Impaired Risk Review: Pancreatic Cancer: Still a Killer
Much progress has been made in combating cancer, but pancreatic cancer still sticks its ruthless head up as an actually increasing and an equally deadly one. In 2016, The American Cancer Society estimates almost 55,000 new diagnoses of pancreatic cancer will be made and 42,000 deaths will ensue.
Mortality Rates are Rising for White Middle-Aged Americans
White, middle-aged Americans are dying at rising rate according to a recently published report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The trend, which commenced in 1999, is not demonstrated in any other economically well develop country. Nor is it demonstrated in black and Hispanic Americans.
Diabetes Increases Mortality Risk After Acute Myocardial Infarction
Patients with diabetes are much more likely to die after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) than patients without diabetes, according to a study published online June 15 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
HIV and Hepatitis C and B Coinfetions
Around 36 million people are living with HIV in the world today (LVWH). 5 million of them are also infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) and 4 million with hepatitis B virus (HBV). In both cases, HIV and the immunodeficiency it causes, accelerate the progression of hepatitis B or C, inducing increased morbidity and mortality for all three infections.
Lifestyle Factors Can Significantly Affect Cancer Mortality
Most cancer deaths among white Americans could be prevented through four healthy lifestyle changes, according to a study published online May 19 in JAMA Oncology.
LexisNexis Risk Classifier – An Effective Indicator of Mortality Risk (Munich RE)
Munich Re, US (Life) (Munich Re) assessed LexisNexis® Risk Classifier, which is a predictive modeling tool that was developed by and is proprietary to LexisNexis. LexisNexis allowed Munich Re access to the Risk Classifier in order to perform an objective review of its ability to accurately assess mortality risk using publicly available and easily obtainable non-biometric criteria.
Excess Weight May Not Equal Early Mortality After All
The body mass index (BMI) linked to the lowest rate of all-cause early mortality is rising, according to a study published in the May 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
NAFLD and Obesity: What Is the Mortality Risk?
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) was highly prevalent in morbidly obese patients who underwent weight loss surgery even when those patients didn't have metabolic syndrome, according to researchers here.
Fewer Deaths from Leading Causes
The number of fatalities caused by heart disease, cancer, stroke, unintentional injuries and diabetes - the five leading causes of death in the US - has fallen, according to a report published in JAMA.