Jeremy Young, MSE BSE Student, runs a cylinder combustion simulation in the Michigan Immersive Digital Experience Nexus (MIDEN) in the UM3D Lab Digital Media Commons in the Duderstadt Center on June 10, 2015.

The simulation allows for Young to visualize and measure velocity of fluids of different volume points of a cylinder combustion engine.

Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications and Marketing

Cranberry pills for UTI work like antibiotics

Cranberry juice capsules can lower the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI) by 50 percent in women who have a catheter in place while undergoing elective gynecological surgery.

The reduction is similar to the outcome when patients take antibiotics as a preventative measure, says Betsy Foxman, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and lead author of the new study.

“Taking cranberry juice capsules is preferable to taking antibiotics, because limiting antibiotic use helps avoid antibiotic resistance and protects the good bacteria living in and on our bodies from inadvertent damage,” she says.


The National Institutes of Health funded the work.