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  • Explosion in e-cigarette usage has brought a new challenge ¬©Shutterstock How vaping is shaping our healthLittle is known about the effects of e-cigarettes on users' health. Niel Daniels, Mark Paulson and IFoA working party members examine the implications for life and health insurance. 11 October 2018
  • ¬©iStock Longevity: Moving into the slow laneAfter consecutive decades of improvement, longevity is stalling. Matthew Edwards looks at the factors involved. 11 October 2018
  • Statins Statins: figures on the pulseLisanne Gitsels and Elena Kulinskaya quantify the impact of statins on longevity 09 August 2018
  • p26-27-Ageing-iStock-174706204-(1)v2 Understanding inequalities in later lifeRachael Docking explains how factors throughout life can compound to make later life challenging, and points to how such inequalities might be tackled 12 April 2018
  • Dementia Is dementia really on the rise?Carl Campbell seeks to uncover whether dementia-related mortality is deteriorating, as well as the potential impact on critical illness (CI) insurance claims 09 March 2017
  • iStock What if: We found a cure for cancer?Nay Wynn investigates the streams of research that could one day lead to a remedy for cancer and the likely ramifications for the insurance industry 09 February 2017
  • The influenza agenda The influenza agendaInsurers perennially cite a pandemic as one of the major risks they face, but are the industry's modelling approaches keeping pace with the wider body of available knowledge? Matthew Edwards and Richard Marshall investigate 01 December 2016
  • Shutterstock Cancer - a diagnosis for the futureKarin Neelsen describes new technology to diagnose cancer and how this is likely to affect pricing and claims handling in insurance 03 November 2016
  • care home sad People being 'left in limbo' when it comes to planning for future care costsJust 6% of people aged over 45 have made financial plans to pay for their future care needs, a survey by Just Retirement has found. 10 October 2016
  • Mutitasking Stock Image The multitasking mythDr Jenny Brockis introduces monotasking; a way of working with your brain to maximise its energy and potential 06 October 2016
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Actuaries and healthcare

Actuaries have long been involved in financial planning for the NHS, and this is now a growing area for actuarial work, as the Government looks for ways to restructure the welfare state to meet the changing needs, demands and expectations of a changing population.

Evolving health provision models to meet changing needs is also a feature of the expansion of private sector work. Here actuaries work with other health professionals to find appropriate solutions for private medical insurance, income protection, critical illness, and long-term care insurance.

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