Daily Does advice from Rx Nurse Kris.

Nurse Kris: Your (almost) Daily Dose

Mary of Canberra, Australia wonders if drinking cranberry juice can really discourage urinary tract infections?

I’m not surprised you are confused– me too!  And what a terrible predicament to be in when it comes to such a nasty infection, which always seems to strike at the very worst of times– like vacation– right?!
This is another one of those issues where scientists just can’t seem to make up their minds.  In fact, over the years, these same scientists have taken a look at thousands of people to figure out whether drinking cranberry juice can actually prevent UTIs.  Depending on who you talk to, there is research that shows taking cranberry juice or cranberry capsules cut the number of UTIs by a third.  But the brand-spankin’ newest research, which takes into consideration several previous studies, insists cranberry juice simply will not prevent a urinary tract infection.
Bottom line, try it out.  If you enjoy cranberry juice, can tolerate about two cups a day– and see results– keep it up!

Nurse Kris: Your (almost) Daily Dose

I don’t like to work out, but I know it’s good for me.  I reluctantly get my rear in gear to get moving.  So, it’s no surprise I love a good ‘ole Dixie Shortcut when I can get it– well, … Read more »

DSP Nurse Kris: Your (almost) Daily Dose

Maria of Louisiana loves to chew gum, but her husband thinks it’s annoying.  Are there any benefits to chomping away? While I have to agree chewing gum can certainly be annoying when done with an open mouth, it can also … Read more »

Nurse Kris: Your (almost) Daily Dose

Eggs.  When will the “experts” decide their final fate? First they are bad for you, then good, now new research says they are bad– again.  So bad, in fact, eating three whole eggs a week can thicken the arteries as much … Read more »

DSP Nurse Kris: Your Daily Dose

DSP Patty of Idaho ~ wonders if cavities really can be contagious? You better believe it– and it may just start when we first kiss a baby! To create a cavity, you need bacteria.  That bacteria comes from sharing things like … Read more »

Nurse Kris: Your (almost) Daily Dose

Janice of California wants to know ~ what’s the “real” story behind baby carrots? Baby carrots sure have been given a bad rap. Rumors in an email making the rounds have instilled fear in the grocery carts of every mother … Read more »

Nurse Kris: Your (almost) Daily Dose

Jim of Alaska wants to know what color pee should be? There are several answers to this particular question:  the simple one is clear to dark yellow. More specific answer?  Bright Yellow is usually a side effect of vitamins.  Dark Yellow … Read more »

Nurse Kris: Your (almost) Daily Dose

It’s August!  The optimal time to squeeze in that end-of-summer trip to those ever popular theme parks.  Whether it’s one of the biggies such as Magic Mountain or just a local fair, it still remains one of my least favorite … Read more »

Nurse Kris: Your (almost) Daily Dose

Judy of Alabama wonders ~ when is the very best time to exercise? That depends on who you ask– and which study you consider. Several say late afternoon to evening (4-7pm).  One study found women who walked four times a week lost … Read more »

Nurse Kris: Your (almost) Daily Dose

Art of New Jersey wants to know ~ if the drugs banned for Olympians are the same advertised to prevent aging? When it comes to one of the most talked about “performance enhancers”, HGH, yes, it’s the same. HGH is Human … Read more »