Health

The Liver Takes It All

Drug-induced liver injuries result in more regulatory actions and delays in pharmaceutical developments than any other serious medical event. Scientists and pharma companies have created a virtual liver to better understand the effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

The 99% Solution

Approximately 99% of the population take medicines without a problem. But some people experience dangerous reactions, which can force the FDA to pull drugs from the shelf, denying patients needed help and costing drug companies billions. Researchers with The Hamner–UNC Institute for Drug Safety Science are trying to understand why.

New Fields For Food

Mary-Dell Chilton's DNA discoveries launched the field of genetically modifying plants to ward off pests, use less water, and improve yields. Supporters say it could help feed the world. Opponents say it's not safe, threatening the environment and people in ways that may not be known yet. By discovering the mechanism of DNA transfer, Chilton bestowed that power to humans.

Rapid Water Test

The greatest danger for beachgoers may be millions of microbes also swimming in the water. While many are there naturally, stormwater runoff and sewage system failures can overwhelm coastal waters. One percent of NC's beaches were closed for short times in 2012 because of microbial contaminants. A marine biologist has now developed a rapid water test to keep the public safe.

What's My Story: Food Scientist

Mary Ann Lila knew she loved plants when she worked in a greenhouse in her home state of Illinois. Starting at the University of Illinois with this passion, she took every plant science class she could find. When she found out that plants make chemicals that improve the health of plants and animals alike, she found her career path. She is now the director of an institute focused on the discovery and delivery of innovative plant-based solutions to advance human health.

The Citizen Patient

D.G. Martin has a conversation with UNC-Chapel Hill Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology Nortin Hadler M.D. about his new book, "The Citizen Patient," on NC Bookwatch. In this book, Dr. Hadler shares his insights on how current issues within the U.S. healthcare system such as medical treatment, healthcare finance, and attitudes about health and medicine can be addressed. Original Broadcast Date: 05/02/2013.

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