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Friday 17 August 2018

Girl (3) survives brain shutdown

A three-year-old girl who suffered from severe epilepsy is recovering at home after undergoing rare life-changing surgery which involved "switching off" the right side of her brain.

Eleanor Ashton needed the six-hour operation after suffering daily fits which had left her with behavioural issues. She also had learning difficulties as each daily seizure removed anything she had learnt previously.

As the operation was carried out when she was so young, the left side of Eleanor's brain will now be able take over the functions normally performed by the right side.



Modest body scan is tested

America's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing a more modest body scanning system after complaints that full-body scans are too intrusive.

TSA spokesman Dwayne Baird said the new software lets passengers see what security screeners see and utilises a more generic image.

There are nearly 500 full-body scanners in use at 78 airports.

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