Insurance Medicine

Insurers in Quest of the Perfect Heart Attack Definition

Insurers should be concerned when challenged to use the clinical definition of a heart attack. There is more to a diagnosis than the definition. Navigating the conflict between clinical medicine and a contract wording is complex but can be solved.

Why Hookah Pipes Aren’t a Healthier Way to Smoke

Many people incorrectly believe smoking this way is less harmful than using cigarettes, especially with non-tobacco products for use in hookah pipes often marketed as a “healthier” alternative to flavoured tobaccos. But this method of smoking itself poses significant health risk.

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.

International Health Briefs – Radiosurgery

Radiosurgery is a well-established and non-invasive mode of treating brain tumours and other lesions, especially in patients for whom open-brain surgery might not be a practical option. Claims professionals can benefit from a greater understanding of the role and efficacy of radiosurgery, particularly when used for conditions with complex neurological causes and in cases that might formerly have been deemed untreatable.

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.

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.

Bariatric Surgery – Cure-all for Serious Obesity?

The global trend for obesity has been accompanied by an increased interest in bariatric surgery. The impact of bariatric surgery can be impressive: after the operation, patients lose weight rapidly and, over time, associated conditions such as impaired glucose tolerance (including type 2 diabetes) and mild hypertension may no longer be evident. But how sustainable are the treatment results and what do they mean for risk analysis in life and disability insurance?

Medical Marijuana for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis

“From Pariah to Prescription” was the title of a review that appeared some years ago on the possible medical use of marijuana. What then seemed utopian and provocative has now become reality! A recently published comprehensive meta-analysis came to the conclusion that the muscle relaxant and analgesic effects of THC in cases of multiple sclerosis (MS) were well documented.

Chokingunya Fever (Scor Global Life)

Chikungunya fever (CHK) is a febrile illness associated with severe arthralgia and rash. CHK was first identified in Tanzania in the early 1952 and has caused periodic outbreaks in Asia and Africa since the 1960s. The virus is transmitted from human to human by vectors, infected Aedes aegypti and/ or Aedes albopictus female mosquitoes.

Zika Virus Outbreak – What Does It Mean for Insurers? (Gen Re)

In February 2015 the Ministry of Health in Brazil investigated and later confirmed an outbreak of Zika virus that has since then spread rapidly through Latin America.1,2 Infection with Zika commonly causes very mild symptoms but this outbreak has created global news headlines and prompted some startling reactions. The WHO declared a global public health emergency, Brazil deployed 200,000 troops to battle mosquitos and women across Latin America were advised to postpone pregnancy.

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