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Green man crossings 'too fast' for people with arthritis

People with arthritis are unable to cross roads quickly enough because the green man light on pedestrian crossings is too fast, according to researchers.

Calls for Amazon to ban 'anorexia hoodie'

Amazon has been described as "irresponsible" for selling a hoodie that describes anorexia as "like bulimia, except with self control".

What is universal credit - and what's the problem?

Universal credit has proved controversial almost from the beginning, with reports of IT issues, massive overspends and administrative problems.

Epilepsy medication impact not shared

Two in five babies exposed to Epilim, Episenta and Epiva (the brand names for sodium valproate) will go on to have learning disabilities, but two third of parents are unaware of the link.

Council’s review finds PIP ‘not fit for purpose’

The assessment process for the government’s new personal independence payment (PIP) disability benefit is “distressing, inconsistent and not fit for purpose”, according to the results of an inquiry by a panel of local councillors.

Quarter of 14-year-old girls 'have signs of depression'

A quarter of girls and nearly one in 10 boys show signs of depression at the age of 14, say UK researchers.

Have you got the wrong impression about schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia does not mean you have a split personality or automatically become violent, a mental health charity has warned.

Summit meeting will aim to bring movement together on independent living

Activists are hoping that a national disabled people’s “summit” will bring disabled people, their organisations and unions together to fight back against the repeated attacks on their right to independent living.

Half of parents of disabled children forced to reduce working hours due to 'unlawful' cuts to school transport

Nearly half of parents with disabled children have been forced to reduce their working hours or give up work completely in order to assist their child in getting to school, as many are wrongly refused local authority support, new findings show.

Back-pay bill 'could bankrupt learning disabilities sector'

Care providers for people with learning disabilities are facing a £400m bill for back pay that could bankrupt the entire sector, the charity Royal Mencap Society has warned.