Non-Natural Death Trends in the United States
While non-natural deaths have generally been decreasing worldwide, death rates from non-natural causes have been climbing in the United States. RGA offers a deeper look at U.S. non-natural mortality experience in four categories – other accidents, suicides, motor vehicle accidents, and homicides – and compares trends to experience from six developed countries.
To Underwrite Scuba Diving, Understand the Perils of the Deep
Recreational scuba diving is a popular sport. With millions of people diving around the world, it has become a common disclosure on life insurance applications. However, diving presents a challenge for risk assessment because diving activities can be quite diverse and some put participants at significant risk of harm.
Diabetes Linked to Increased CVD, Cancer, Other Mortality
Diabetes is associated with increased mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and noncardiovascular noncancer causes, according to a study published online Aug. 4 in Diabetes Care.
MIB Mortality Risk Analysis Committee: Diabetes Study (Video)
This video presents findings from a recent study on diabetes conducted by the MIB Mortality Risk Analysis Committee.
The link to the study is here: http://www.mibgroup.com/pdf/2016_06_diabetes_study.pdf
Mortality Up With Impaired Glucose Tolerance
Patients with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) face an increased risk of mortality, with much of the increased risk of mortality associated with progression to type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online July 13 in Diabetes Care.
Presentations from the 2016 SEHOUA Meeting
Slides from the 2016 SEHOUA Meeting have been posted. They include:
- Betsy Sears – “Young Kids, Old Bodies”
- Dr. Stout – “Drugs and Alcohol – The Landscape”
- Dr. Titcomb - “Red Cell Distribution Width (RDW): An Underappreciated Marker for Increased Mortality
- Mike Clift – “Motor Vehicle Reports and Driving Criticism Trends, Technology and Terminology”
- Dr. Greene - "Prostate Cancer: A Decade of Change"
- Dr. Dave Rengachary - “Advances in Multiple Sclerosis”
- Dr. Rooney – Genetics: A Discussion of How our Genes Impact Mortality”
- Ron Schaber, Philip R. Murphy and Greg Brandner - “Big Data Today and Tomorrow – the drive toward fully underwritten pricing”
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.
Zika Virus: A Mortality Risk?
On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a health emergency of international concern, and a week later, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) elevated its response to the highest level 1. WHO estimates that 4 million people will be infected with Zika virus this year alone, and 30 countries have reported confirmed transmitted cases of Zika virus in the last 9 months, with that number increasing regularly. So what mortality risk does Zika virus carry in underwriting, and how concerned should we be?
For New Antipsychotic Users, Dose, Duration Impact Mortality
Dose and duration of therapy are associated with mortality for new antipsychotic users, according to a study published online May 10 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
SCORviews March 2016 Issue
The latest issue of Scor Global Life’s SCORviews publication includes the following articles:
- When the Term Level Ends
- Mortality Improvements in the Future
- Data Protection and the Cloud