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Sprite could help cancer patients

Soda is usually considered bad for your health, but a new study suggests that one soft drink may actually help cancer patients.

Sprite may enhance the effectiveness of a common cancer-fighting drug, researchers say.

A team of scientists experimented with an artificial stomach and found that the lemon-lime soda may help cancer patients absorb more of the unidentified drug when the two were taken together. The Sprite had to be flat, or without carbonation.

"It doesn't surprise me that the material you ingest alongside an oral medication will affect how that medication is absorbed," Dr. Neal Meropol, chief of the division of hematology and oncology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, told AOL Health. "Factors such as the acid level in the stomach or the presence of other solid food can affect how much of the medication gets into the blood."

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