» AI model enables earlier detection of diabetes through chest X-rays

Researchers have demonstrated the ability to use artificial intelligence as a tool for detecting diabetes early in older adults.

The new artificial intelligence model finds that X-ray images collected during routine medical care can provide warning signs for diabetes, even in people who don’t meet the guidelines for elevated risk, as reported recently by Emory University.

In some cases, the chest X-ray warned of high diabetes risk as early as three years before the patient eventually received a diagnosis. The model’s output also provides a numerical risk score that potentially could help clinicians customize the treatment approach for patients.

The multi-institutional team reported that the model could help physicians detect the disease earlier and prevent complications. The findings were published in Nature Communications.

» Robots, virtual reality increasingly enhance senior living experiences

Robots are in force at many senior living communities across the country, providing everything from meals to locating help.

Some American Senior Communities properties in Indiana have added a robot named “Robbie” to help provide limited services.

Robbie delivers and serves food, allowing members of the dining staff to give more attention to residents. The robot features trays, safety sensors and music, and it has been assigned the task of transporting food between the kitchen and dining rooms alongside culinary staff members.

“Our goal in using robots is to allow our dining staff to spend more time in the dining room with residents, ensuring that their needs are met,” said Karen Powell, vice president of nutrition and culinary services at American Senior Communities.

At The Falls at Cordingly Dam, a Benchmark Senior Living assisterd living and memory care community in Newton, MA, it is virtual reality experiences from Rendever that are enhancing daily life. The platform includes videos and 360-degree images that let viewers explore places from their past or sites they have never seen. 

This embrace of some types of technology, however, comes with express hesitancy about other forms of technology, including the use of artificial intelligence in primary care and various types of therapy.