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Aging services to demand partnerships and clarity

Aging services to demand partnerships and clarity

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When one is lucky enough to have a Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., in the house, it would be wise to sit down and soak up every word you can. You could also offer him a place to sit, but sitting still doesn't seem high on his list of priorities, so boundless are his energy and ideas for the future of aging services.

Coming soon: Needle-free injections

Residents could soon find that getting shots is a lot less painful. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently developed a device that delivers a tiny, high-pressure jet of medicine through the skin -- without the use of a hypodermic needle. The device can be programmed to deliver a range of doses to various depths. Investigators say that possible benefits include fewer injuries from needle sticks, better compliance and relief for people who are afraid of needles, including those with diabetes.