Mortality Rate Improvements – End of an Era, For Now…
Improvements in mortality rates characterized the twentieth century – the trend of living ever longer and healthier lives seemed assured. Recent mortality rates, however, point to a change. The positive trend has slowed. But why? Are all ages affected? And surely medical advances will anyway have us back on track asap?
Cancer Deaths Fall to Lowest Rate in Decades as Smoking Declines
Fewer Americans are getting cancer, and more of those who do are surviving the disease, according to a new study.
US Life Expectancy Drops Again Amid Opioid Crisis
First time in more than 50 years that it fell twice in a row; deaths linked to synthetic opioids doubled from 2015 to 2016
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.
RGA ReFlections Fall 2015 Issue
A redesigned ReFlections highlights insights from RGA Vice President and Medical Director Dr. Daniel D. Zimmerman into the 'new frontier' of hepatitis C. Mark Dion, RGA Vice President, Global Underwriting Strategic Innovation, explores the quantified self movement. A new column, ReCite, links to medical articles for insurance professionals, and the edition features a report on mortality and longevity research funded by The Longer Life Foundation, which is supported by RGA and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.