Media Coverage

May 12, 2023

An adaptive fashion show hosted by the Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center was featured on PIX11 News. The segment, which included interviews with Adena Leder, D.O., director of the Parkinson’s program, and models from the New York Tech Rock Steady Boxing program, demonstrated how the Center helps to maximize the quality of life for those with Parkinson's disease. As the PIX11 coverage notes, “For those who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, everyday activities such as getting dressed in the morning can be challenging. [The] unique fashion show was put together to showcase ‘adaptive clothing’ that helps patients maintain their independence…and featured “easy-on, easy-off” clothing, shoes, and accessories.”

 

TIME: Haar Shares Expertise on Staying Hydrated

May 20, 2024

As summer weather will soon arrive, a TIME article focuses on staying hydrated. Providing adequate amounts of fluid to replace what’s being lost on a daily basis is key. “As we lose water through breathing, perspiration, urine, and bowel movements, our water supply must be constantly replenished,” says Clinical Associate Professor and Chairperson for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN. While fluids outside of water can help to hydrate, some should be avoided. “Soft drinks with added sugar can add hundreds of empty calories to daily intake,” says Haar. She also advises to avoid drinks or powders with added sugar. “If your exercise session is under one hour, water will suffice,” she adds, further noting that if you work out for over one hour, you could opt for a sports drink—but drinking water and eating a piece of fruit, like a banana, will replenish lost electrolytes just as well.

 

Bono's Medical Expertise Featured in Parade

May 18, 2024

Insight from Nancy Bono, D.O., chair of family medicine at NYITCOM, was featured in a Parade article about edema in the lower extremities. She notes, “Gravity can pull water into the legs and feet, which is typically noticeable. For example, shoes may be tight or there could be tightness of the skin."

She also explains that other causes of edema include pregnancy, certain medications, such as antihypertensives, anti-inflammatory drugs, and hormones, allergic reactions, and health problems, including congestive heart failure, liver disease, kidney disease, and sunburn.

Similar coverage appeared in AOL.com, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sacramento Bee, and multiple other outlets.

 

Salon Publishes Dean Wadsworth's Op-ed

May 16, 2024

A Salon op-ed by NYITCOM Dean Nicole Wadsworth, D.O., contends that expanding the scope of practice for physician assistants can help ease challenges caused by the nationwide physician shortage. As the op-ed notes, the average wait time for a doctor's appointment in the United States is 26 days.,with patients in rural areas experiencing even longer delays. Yet getting treated doesn't need to be this difficult. Physician assistants, licensed medical professionals, can assist in handling some routine duties that would otherwise require doctors' time, allowing for more patients to be seen. But in many states, physician assistants aren't allowed to practice to the full extent of their training—at the "top of their license" in industry speak.

“We may have a limited number of doctors, but there's another source of high-quality, professional care. Our hospitals and healthcare providers need to rely more on physician assistants—who at the moment, are often barred from working at the level for which they're trained,” writes Wadsworth. “That needs to change.”

 

VeryWell Interviews Rothstein for Workout Story

May 06, 2024

The consumer health site VeryWell featured insight from Alexander Rothstein, M.S., coordinator and instructor for the Exercise Science program, in an article about Every Minute on the Minute (EMOM) workouts. Rothstein explains that these high-intensity interval training sessions involve performing a specific exercise or series of exercises for a set number of repetitions or a predetermined time within a minute. The remaining time within that minute is used for rest before the cycle repeats, providing a challenging cardio session in a shorter timeframe.

“EMOM essentially allows people to pace themselves within their given exercise prescription [in whichever way] they feel it is most efficient for them to perform, but it also keeps the workout and rest intervals within sufficient limits to provide a high-intensity workout,” says Rothstein.

 

May 04, 2024

Board-certified infectious disease physician Carl Abraham, M.D., assistant professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, lent his expertise to a Newsweek article about bird flu. When asked whether humans can contract bird flu, Abraham said, “It is rare for avian influenza to infect humans. Two cases have been reported in the U.S., both in persons with significant exposure to infected mammals—most recently this year in a cattle worker in Texas who had conjunctivitis as the only symptom. Therefore, the risk of illness to humans is extremely low. People who own birds that come into contact with wild birds and cattle farmers are at most risk to come into contact with bird flu, but the risk of illness in those persons is still negligible."

Abraham’s bird flu insight was also featured on multiple healthcare sites, including MedicalXpress.com and Respiratory Therapy.

 

Apr 26, 2024

In April 2024, NYITCOM-Arkansas Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Research and Publications Rajendram Rajnarayanan, Ph.D., was featured in two Salon articles about the circulating bird flu. In an article dated April 26, Rajnarayanan discussed testing for the virus in cattle. He explained that, while testing is still mostly done by cattle ranchers voluntarily, public health officials should implement comprehensive guidelines for both common citizens and ranchers, including testing mandates.

In an article published on April 10, Rajnarayanan noted that he believes the risk for human-to-human transmission is low, but he is concerned about the virus transmitting to other mammals on a farm. This includes pigs, which can get infected with multiple viruses at a time and make it easier for the virus to mutate into a new one that could more easily jump from mammal to mammal, including humans.

 

BBC.com Quotes Melis on Tuscan Village

Apr 25, 2024

IDC Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor Alessandro Melis, Ph.D., is quoted in a BBC.com story about Peccioli, this year’s winner in the annual contest to find Il Borgo dei Borghi, the "Village of Villages". "[Peccioli] is full of infrastructure that you cannot see anywhere else," said Melis; New York Tech’s School of Architecture and curated an on-campus exhibition about the town. "For instance, in the city centre the village provides free car sharing for everybody. There are two robots, one robot is collecting the waste from the houses. And another robot is making shopping for elderly or disabled people in the city. It's like science fiction."

 

Rothstein Quoted in Peloton's Blog

Apr 23, 2024

Peloton's blog, The Output, interviewed Alex Rothstein, M.S., instructor and coordinator for the Exercise Science, B.S. program, about metabolic conditioning (metcon) workouts. As he explains, the body relies on three metabolic systems—phosphagen, glycolytic, and oxidative—to store and make use of energy. Metcon workouts, which often utilize circuits of strength training, cardiovascular exercises, and high-intensity intervals, challenge all three of these pathways in one efficient workout. 

“Metabolic conditioning workouts often alternate different exercises or groups of exercises to work between high and moderate intensities and work the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems,” says Rothstein. “All three systems are always working but the percentages of energy that come from each vary depending on our body’s needs."

 

Nadler Shares PFAS Insight with Food & Wine

Apr 22, 2024

Environmental health expert David Nadler, Ph.D., research assistant professor, is featured in a Food & Wine explainer about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly known as "forever chemicals."

Nadler says, "PFAS are...'super chemicals' that can do just about anything, from making sure that your food doesn't stick to your pan to letting you wear a piece of clothing that can wick away water, and just about anything in between. History shows us that these types of super chemicals that can do anything tend to be the most hazardous."