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Could mistletoe help fight against cancer?

Monday, December 24, 2012
Actor Cary Grant holds actress Ingrid Bergman under the mistletoe, on December 1957 during shooting of a Christmas scene movie in Indiscreet. (AP Photo/Warner Bros)

Actor Cary Grant holds actress Ingrid Bergman under the mistletoe, on December 1957 during shooting of a Christmas scene in "Indiscreet." (AP Photo/Warner Bros)

Mistletoe is more than just a holiday tradition. It could also help fight cancer.

Australian researchers say that mistletoe extract can be used to kill colon cancer cells and that it's even more effective than chemotherapy.

Mistletoe extract avoids most negative side effects as well.

More research is still needed, but the national Cancer Institute is studying the effects of mistletoe extract in some patients with lung cancer.

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