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Study Finds Shift Workers More Susceptible To Heart Disease

In Industry News by Paul Howell

Working shifts is an inevitable part of some people’s jobs. But new research shows that shift work is particularly tough on workers’ hearts. According to a Chinese study of more than 320,000 people, shift workers have a heightened risk of heart disease, and the longer they work shifts, the greater that risk becomes. Cardiovascular Health For the research, led by …

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Death In Service Vs. Personal Life Cover: Which One Is Right For You?

In Business, Employee Benefits, Insurance by Paul Howell

We often get asked by clients what the difference is between death in service (also known as group life cover) and personal life insurance. As such, here’s what you need to know about the difference between the two: What is death in service? Death in service is an employee benefit sometimes provided by employers that is designed to pay a …

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5 Reasons To Review Your Life Insurance Cover

In Industry News by Paul Howell

While you may already have suitable life insurance based on your current circumstances, you could end up being under-insured in the future if you do not update your policy as key events occur in your life. To prevent any nasty surprises further down the line, and ensure you remain fully insured, it is important to understand when you might need …

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NHS Staff To Be Given Dedicated, Fast-Tracked Mental Health Support

In Healthcare, Industry News by Paul Howell

When it was born on July 5, 1948, the NHS was the first completely free healthcare service in the world based on citizenship. Fast-forward to today and the NHS employs around 1.4 million people across the UK. But while the doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who work in the NHS provide vital health services and much-needed support, what happens …

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Better Employee Benefits? Vast Majority Of UK Workers Affected By Money Worries

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Paul Howell

The vast majority of UK workers are troubled by money. That’s one of the key takeaways from new research that surveyed more than 5,000 employees and over 1,000 employers. According to the inaugural Close Brothers’ Financial Wellbeing Index, 94% of UK employees are suffering from money worries and over three-quarters (77%) say that money worries impact them at work. Two …

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Embarrassing Cancer Symptoms: Always Get Them Checked

In Family, Individual, Industry News by Paul Howell

Cancer symptoms vary depending on the type of cancer, but a new study has revealed that a worrying number of people do not get embarrassing symptoms checked by their GPs. Alarmingly – according to the research by Bupa – over six million people in the UK have delayed having symptoms checked because they were too embarrassed. In light of the …

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Are You & Your Employees Benefitting From Flexible Working?

In Business, Employee Benefits by Paul Howell

The business case for offering flexible working has been given a significant boost after a study found that employees who have the option to work flexibly are more productive and take less time off. According to the survey conducted by OnePoll in November 2018 on behalf of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT), more than a quarter (27%) of flexible …

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Critical Illnesses Cost UK Economy Over £15bn A Year

In Business, Insurance, Protection by Paul Howell

Critical illnesses cost the UK economy more than £15 billion a year, and some of those affected still suffer significant long-term consequences even after they’ve returned to work, according to new research. Legal & General’s Cost of Critical Illness report shows that cancer, strokes, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and coronary heart disease are the four most prevalent critical illnesses in the …

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Diabetics More Than 10x More Likely To Die From Alcoholism, Suicide, Study Finds

In Family, Industry News, Insurance by Paul Howell

While the physical health problems associated with diabetes – such as an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer and kidney disorders – are well understood and publicised, the psychological impact is often neglected. But now a new study has uncovered some startling findings, which will hopefully see the mental implications of living with diabetes get more attention going forward. …

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Debunking 6 Common Cancer Myths & Misconceptions

In Family, Individual, Industry News, Insurance by Paul Howell

The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has just released a new report and it makes for pretty grim reading. That’s because said report predicts there will be 18.1 million new cancer cases and 9.6 million people will lose their lives to the disease this year. Furthermore, by the end of the century, cancer will be the …

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Physical Activity Linked To Improved Mental Health, But Don’t Overdo It, Says Study

In In The Press, Individual, Industry News by Paul Howell

The benefits of regular exercise are well known when it comes to improving your physical health, but now a new study has revealed how regular physical activity can also give your mental health a boost too. According to the study of some 1.2 million people in the US, the findings of which were published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, just …

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Does Healthy Obesity Boost Premature Death Risk?

In In The Press, Individual, Industry News by Paul Howell

Whether someone can be obese and healthy has been the subject of many debates over the years. In fact, there’s even a proper medical term for people who have BMIs that put them in the obese camp, but do not have any of the associated health complications: metabolically healthy obesity. But while these individuals appear to be fit and healthy, …