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Exoskeleton suits: can 'superhuman' frames cross into the mainstream?

Companies that make exoskeleton suits are hoping the devices might soon become as commonly provided as wheelchairs.

New cervical cancer test could 'revolutionise' screening

A cheaper cervical cancer test that "astounded" researchers detected 100% of cancers that developed in more than 15,500 women during its trial.

Put universal credit on hold to protect disabled claimants, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs has called for the next phase of universal credit to be put on hold until ministers can show that disabled claimants will be properly protected from the potentially disastrous consequences of moving to the new system.

Builders criticised for lobbying against accessible homes

Private housebuilders have been accused of “appalling self-interest” over their lobbying against building more accessible homes for disabled residents.

Watchdog calls on government to act ‘before it’s too late’ on impact of cuts

The equality watchdog has called on the government to “do something before it’s too late”, after its own research showed UK government reforms will cut the living standards of disabled people with the highest support needs in England by more than 10 per cent.

Retailers Need To Be Doing 'Purple Tuesday' Every Day Of The Year, Not Just A One-Off

Shopping is an unavoidable part of everyday life – whether it’s grabbing a sandwich at lunch, trawling comparison sites for the cheapest car insurance or splashing out on a designer handbag.

DWP ‘plans to move more benefits onto troubled universal credit IT platform’

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been planning for years to move more benefits onto the hugely-troubled IT platform that hosts universal credit, documents released through freedom of information requests appear to show.

Regulator sets out ideas for better assisted rail travel

The rail regulator has revealed a series of draft measures designed to force the industry to improve the assistance it provides to disabled passengers.

Call the Midwife actress Sarah Gordy becomes the first woman with Down's syndrome to receive an MBE

An actress who has graced the screen in Call The Midwife and Upstairs, Downstairs has become the first woman with Down's syndrome to receive an MBE.

Two in five people with learning disabilities not diagnosed in childhood

Two out of five people with learning disabilities are not diagnosed in childhood and, even if they are, they will likely die before they collect their pension, according to a study commissioned by the NHS.