Media Coverage

Nov 14, 2022

As featured on KATV and in Talk Business and Politics and the Jonesboro Sun, pediatrician Christine Hartford, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine at NYITCOM-Arkansas, is urging Arkansans to get their influenza vaccine amid concerns for a "tripledemic" with the simultaneous circulation of influenza, COVID-19, and RSV. Following two years of relatively low flu and RSV numbers, Hartford, who also serves as a provider for St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., notes that residents could be in for an unusual winter, especially considering what’s already happening this early in the season.

“The seasonal patterns of these infections are out the window post-COVID,” Hartford tells the Jonesboro Sun. “We were seeing RSV all summer, and RSV is usually a late fall to early spring virus. We’re already getting bombarded with it.”


LIBN Features New School of Management Dean

Jul 17, 2024

A Long Island Business News story features Jaishankar Ganesh, Ph.D., as the new School of Management dean. The story notes that Ganesh is tasked with running and expanding the School of Management, including initiatives focusing on the faculty and student experience, as well as securing ACCSB reaccreditation, developing new programs, identifying and delivering what employers need in terms of knowledge workers, strengthening corporate partnerships, and, Ganesh said, “amplifying the value of the School of Management to students.”


Jul 15, 2024

Board-certified infectious disease physician Carl Abraham, M.D., assistant professor at NYITCOM-Arkansas, lent his expertise to three recent Newsweek articles about bird flu, on July 15, May 24, and May 4.

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


Pharmacologist Shares Advice on Storing Medications

Jul 15, 2024

As seen in VeryWell Health, pharmacology expert Maria Pino, Ph.D., associate professor at NYITCOM, shared insight into how extreme heat affects medications. Pino explains that some drugs, such as insulin, antibiotics, pediatric suspensions, injected biological medications, glaucoma eye drops, and certain nasal sprays, should be kept in lower temperatures—around 35 to 46 degrees. She also advises patients not to keep medications in bathroom medicine cabinets because steam and warmth from the shower may negatively affect them.


Physician Discusses Pickleball Injuries

Jul 15, 2024

Insight from sports medicine physician Hallie Zwibel, D.O., assistant dean of clinical operations, was featured in a First for Women article about common pickleball injuries. In the story, which was also picked up by Yahoo, Zwibel explained, “Pickleball, while lots of fun, can sometimes lead to injuries such as sprains, strains, and even fractures. Common issues include ankle sprains from quick lateral movements, shoulder strains from overhand shots, and knee problems from sudden stops and starts. These injuries often happen because the sport requires agility and rapid directional changes that can catch players off guard. Additionally, a lack of proper form and technique can lead to overusing certain muscles or putting undue stress on your joints.”

On July 3, Zwibel was also featured in a similar Yahoo article emphasizing the importance of proper footwear to prevent injuries. 


Everyday Health Taps Haar's Nutrition Expertise

Jul 10, 2024

Clinical Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, was one of several experts featured in the Everyday Health article "8 Foods High in Vitamin A." In addition to recommending vitamin A-rich foods, including sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and canteloupe, she noted that certain populations may be at a higher risk for deficiencies.

“With gastrointestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, there is a higher risk of vitamin A deficiency, even when intake is adequate or supplements are taken,” said Haar.


Yusupov Shares Insight with Clean Plates

Jul 10, 2024

The nutrition and wellness site Clean Plates featured insight from NYITCOM Assistant Professor Eleanor Yusupov, D.O., in an article about berberine. While the plant-based supplement has been generating buzz with the nickname “nature’s Ozempic,” Yusupov, a board-certified obesity medicine physician, explains that using berberine does not come without side effects. 

“Berberine can be harmful to newborns because of the possible buildup of bilirubin in the brain. Because of this, it should not be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to possible harm to the baby,” says Yusupov, who adds that the supplement can interact with certain medications, including cyclosporine. 

In addition, unlike prescription medications, supplements in the U.S. are not strictly regulated and can sometimes contain harmful impurities. Given this, Yusupov calls for additional high-quality studies to verify berberine's safety and efficacy.  



Haar Quoted in Health

Jul 09, 2024

Health featured insight from several nutrition experts in the article “What Produce is in Season Over the Summer?” Among the experts included is Clinical Associate Professor and Chair for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, who notes that fruits and vegetables not in season are often picked early to be shipped and distributed to supermarkets. This means they do not taste as fresh and may not have as many nutrients.

"Seasonal fruits and vegetables that require shorter farm-to-table time often have a higher nutritional content, as some nutrients diminish over time from when the produce was picked. They also may be less expensive when regionally in season."

The article has also appeared in AOL and Yahoo.


Scientific American Publishes Leheste's Op-ed

Jul 08, 2024

A Scientific American op-ed by Joerg Leheste, Ph.D., associate professor at NYITCOM, calls for more research into marijuana’s medical effects on the body. The article follows the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) recent proposal to reclassify marijuana, which would move it away from its current Schedule I category (a class that also includes heroin and LSD) and into the prescription drugs group. Among other points, Leheste notes that while this is a step in the right direction, the decision will likely fall short of giving scientists the unrestricted access they need. Instead, he suggests that marijuana be removed from the schedule of drugs or placed in a different framework altogether, which would make it fully research-accessible. 


Jul 08, 2024

Evan Shieh, M.AUD., AIA, teaching assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Design, was featured in the Authority Magazine series “Five Things You Need to Know to Create a Highly Successful Career in Architecture.” Among other points, Shieh discusses what led him to pursue a career in architecture and urban design and explains why his fellow professionals should actively incorporate empathy into their design approach.

Empathy ultimately makes you a better and more well-rounded designer, it allows you to absorb new knowledge more readily and holistically, it makes you a better communicator and narrator to pitch your ideas to an audience, and it makes it easier to push a difficult project across the finish line with consensus,” he says.