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Cranberries are best known for their effect on urinary tract health.

According to an article published in the Journal for Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology in 2008, hospital-acquired UTIs are the most common hospital acquired infections. In addition, UTIs are frequently encountered in nursing home facilities.1 Clinical evidence supports the claim that cranberry juice can help in the prevention of UTIs.2,3 Furthermore, regular consumption of cranberry products may help reduce the number of infections in a given population, which is especially important in hospital and clinical settings.

The following medical, science and nutrition professionals have provided their credible knowledge and expertise on dietary recommendations for patients on warfarin therapy and the health benefits of cranberries.

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Dr. Ansell describes his clinical study and its results.

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Dr. Ansell offers his recommendations based on clinical study results.

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Dr. Ansell comments on how much cranberry juice to drink.

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Dr. Ansell comments on the limited value of case studies.

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Dr. Ansell describes why he initiated research on cranberry juice and warfarin.

Jack E. Ansell, M.D.

Chairman of Medicine

Lenox Hill Hospital, New York

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Dr. Howell reviews evidence for how cranberry consumption can prevent UTIís.

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Dr. Howell comments on how much cranberry juice to drink.

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Dr. Howell describes other benefits of drinking cranberry juice.

Amy Howell, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist

Rutgers University's Marucci Center For Blueberry and Cranberry Research

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Samina Riaz, R.D., C.D.N. on cranberry juice consumption and warfarin therapy.

Samina Riaz, R.D., C.D.N.

Registered Dietitian

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York

References

Lo, E et al (2008). Strategies to prevent catheter associated urinary tract infections in hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 29, S41-S50.

Howell AB, Foxman B. Cranberry may offer protection against antibiotic resistant bacteria that cause UTIs. Letter to JAMA, June 19, 2002

Greenberg J, Newmann S, Howell A. Consumption of sweetened dried cranberries versus unsweetened raisins for inhibition of uropathogenic Escherichia coli adhesion in human urine: a pilot study. J Altern Complement Med 2005; 11(5): 875-878.