Medical Insight publications

Impact of a Possible Cure for HIV

Recent studies suggest the at HIV can be cured or brought into long term remission using bone marrow transplants from an individual with a mutated CCR5 gene. Here we examine the key caveats of this research and the underwriting considerations.

Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA) PET-CT improves assessment accuracy of high risk local prostate cancer

It is important to understand the severity and spread of prostate cancer in order to make appropriate therapeutic decisions. It is also critical for staging of the cancer, which is linked to the prognosis of the disease and risk of relapse, and subsequently, is used when underwriting insurance applicants diagnosed with prostate cancer. A new study finds that PSMA PET-CT scans (prostate specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography) allow for more accurate detection of prostate cancer spread than conventional imaging (CT scans), and expose patients to less radiation.

Cardiac Sarcoidosis: getting to the heart of the issue

Sarcoidosis is a multisystemic disease characterised by inflammation and abnormal masses in various organs. Approximately 5% of sarcoidosis patients have cardiac involvement – manifesting as arrhythmias, heart failure and cardiomyopathy – all of which influence morbidity and mortality. In this paper, we examine new evidence on cardiac-related outcomes in sarcoidosis.

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