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Constantine "Costa" Spyrou, a third-year, food science major, and Sara Schaefer, associate director of the Children's Health and Education Program in the UC Davis Foods for Health Institute, are developing an application for consumers on food they can and cannot eat with their medications.
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Nutrition app takes Food Hackathon grand prize

By Brad Hooker

A UC Davis student and his team have developed an award-winning idea for a software application helping consumers choose foods that meet their medication needs.

Constantine "Costa" Spyrou, a third-year, food science major, and Sara Schaefer, associate director of the Children's Health and Education Program in the UC Davis Foods for Health Institute, are developing an application for consumers on food they can and cannot eat with their medications.

The food app helps consumers distinguish between foods they should and shouldn’t eat when taking certain medications. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

Called “Took that? Eat this.,” the team’s proposal linked patients to their diets, doctors and pharmacies to help them learn what foods to avoid with their medications.

The goal was to cut down on adverse reactions from such combinations as Lipitor, a prescription medicine that lowers blood cholesterol, and grapefruit, which when combined with Lipitor increases the likelihood of side effects like liver damage and kidney failure. The proposed app also recommended what foods to include that reduce side effects.

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