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New 'magnet' bra developed for older and disabled women

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A new bra for older and disabled women, which replaces traditional fastenings with magnets, has been developed by UK researchers.

Coventry University has worked with the company Adaptawear to develop the front-fastening bra, called the CoreBra, which has large finger loops to make dressing easier.

Kavita Chauhan, managing director of Adaptawear, said: ‘I am an optician by profession and used to work as a locum in nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare environments,’ she said.

‘I noticed that the clothes being worn by older people and people with disabilities were often baggy, and individuals did not always have the independence and dignity they deserved. Bra fitting, for those recovering from strokes for example, was a particular difficulty,’ she added.

The company turned to the university when it needed to test the bra on a sample group of potential users and carers. ‘They trialled the bra on half a dozen people, and got some fantastic feedback,’ said Ms Chauhan. ‘As a result we have modified the design and are developing ranges that are more colourful – and, importantly for women, also desirable.’

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