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4 Your Health: cancer treatment for the elderly; more eye injuries from toy guns; weight loss surgery for teens

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Weight loss surgery is usually reserved for obese adults but there's new evidence that teens can also benefit from the procedure. 

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio followed 242 teenagers who had bariatric surgery. Before the procedure, a third, had at least three risk factors for heart disease, like high blood pressure and high blood sugar.

Three years after surgery those risk factors remained in just 5 percent of the young study participants.

Taking aim at toy guns

Another nationwide children's study looked at the growing number of kids injured by toy guns.

Doctors say the rate of pediatric eye injuries associated with BB guns, pellet, or paintball guns, has risen by nearly 169 percent since 1990. Most of the injured were teenage boys. 

Researchers recommend using eye protection when using such toys.

Seniors not getting cancer treatment

New research finds more than half of very elderly patients with stage three lung cancer don't get any treatment for their disease. Some healthcare providers think patients in their 80s and 90s may be too fragile. 

But an Emory University study finds those who received the standard of care, radiation and chemotherapy, lived longer than those left untreated.

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