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LIFE UNDERWRITING HUB

Tips, trends, and best practices shared by our team of life insurance underwriters

Understanding Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition that affects about 10 million women in the world. It is the most common endocrinopathy among women of reproductive age. PCOS is important for underwriters to recognize because it is so pervasive....

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Nonmedical Juvenile Underwriting

Opinions vary on the value of purchasing life insurance for children.[1,2] As underwriters, it's not our job to advocate purchasing (or not purchasing) life insurance for children. It is our job to review juvenile applications accordingly once...

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Exercise Cardiac Testing: 10 Signs to Watch for

Exercise cardiac testing, or functional stress testing, has been an important assessment tool for many decades now. Most often employed in the medical follow-up of known heart disease or screening for potential heart disease in those with known risk...

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Parathyroid Glands and Disorders

The numerous glands in the human body hold varying functions. For the most part, however, their role is to secrete hormones to help regulate homeostasis. They can be categorized based on their location, what they secrete, or what organ system they...

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Vaccinations and the Insurance Industry: Trends and Considerations

Numerous health professionals have called vaccinations one of the greatest advances in medicine in the last two centuries. Bits of inactivated virus or synthesized viral DNA are put into the bloodstream, and the body’s immune system gets in some...

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Acromegaly and Pituitary Tumors for Life Underwriters

If you grew up in North America in the 1980s, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with, or even watched, the wrestling television program called the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). This sports show included popular wrestlers Hulk Hogan and...

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Underwriting Off-Label Drug Use

The medications we take control our ailments and make us feel better, but what many patients don’t know is that the pills they take may not be approved for their condition. After all, in the US, Canada, and the UK once a medication is approved to...

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Type 2 Diabetes: Advances in Management and Monitoring

Diabetes is an ongoing problem in our modern society. While much effort has been put into fighting the disease, its prevalence and healthcare costs continue to rise. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the burden of diabetes on the...

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Longevity and Life Insurance

Life insurance gets impacted by everything life throws our way. From sickness to health, career trends to transportation advances, the way we live, and our quality of life all change how life insurance gets assessed, administered, and purchased. The...

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Lung Cancer, Non-smokers, and Risk Analysis for Life Underwriters

In this article, we’re uncovering the risks associated with lung cancer – beyond cigarettes. Learn about other causes of this fatal disease and why life underwriters need to look at more than smoking status for assessment.

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