Another year has passed and we welcome you to the
January 2017 edition of ReFlections – RGA’s global medical
It has truly been our pleasure to see so many of
you recently at various conferences and client events.
With this edition of ReFlections we introduce two new
authors as well as a new feature – the Brief Report – in
which the author prepares a short article on a focused topic.
Dr. Lisa Duckett, Vice President and Medical Director,
provides a detailed update on Alzheimer’s disease and mild
cognitive impairment with a focus on early diagnosis and
use of biomarkers, as well as discussing new treatment
Kyle Nobbe, Assistant Actuary, Global Research and
Development, introduces us to his original research into
the observations and correlations of seasonal mortality
variations. His conclusions are insightful and practical for
Dr. Sharylee Barnes, Vice President and Medical Director,
inaugurates our Brief Report feature with an excellent
summary of recent updates from various endocrine societies
on the interpretation of thyroid sonogram imaging results.
Given the frequency of these reports in attending physician
statements, this is essential reading.
ReCite continues to bring our readers recent and relevant
highlights from the medical literature, and the Longer Life
Foundation report heralds two substantial milestones
achieved over the past year – the foundation’s 100th peer-reviewed article and 100th grant.
In this Issue