Media Coverage

Parade Features Insight from Nutrition Expert

Sep 01, 2023

Comments from Mindy Haar, Ph.D., RDN, clinical associate professor and department chair of interdisciplinary health sciences, are featured in a Parade article about the nutritional benefits of clementines. Haar, who is one of nine registered dietitians quoted in the article, shares, “Vitamin C plays a vital role as an antioxidant, maintains healthy skin, blood vessels, bones, and cartilage, aids in wound healing, and facilitates iron absorption. With most people getting too little fiber—which is necessary for optimal gastro-intestinal functioning—the three grams of fiber in the two-fruit serving can help you reach optimal fiber intake.”


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.


Rothstein Provides Insight on Cycling Economy to Bicycling Magazine

Jul 03, 2024

Bicycling Magazine featured insight from Alexander Rothstein, M.S., coordinator and instructor for the Exercise Science program, in an article about cycling economy and how to measure and improve it.

According to the article, Rothstein notes that cycling economy suggests that you are efficient at using the resources you have—that means oxygen, glucose, and fat, all of which make adenosine triphosphate or ATP, the energy currency of the body. “The more efficient you are at using energy, the more likely you will be able to compete and perform for an extended period of time and/or at a higher level of intensity without fatiguing,” he says.

The story also appeared in Yahoo Life and AOL.


Jul 01, 2024

Psychiatrist Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, was interviewed for a News 12 segment about the nation’s loneliness epidemic. Jarkon noted staggering statistics, including that approximately 40 million people in the United States live alone and 10 percent of Americans report loneliness daily. Among other points, she also explained the difference between loneliness and self-isolation as well as why in-person visits to those in need can be more beneficial than a phone call.


Rothstein Quoted in U.S. News & World Report

Jun 28, 2024

U.S. News & World Report featured insight from Alexander Rothstein, M.S., coordinator and instructor for the Exercise Science program, in an article about weighted vests. While it may be tempting to work out in the heaviest vest you can find, Rothstein cautions against this.

“With more weight, we tend to move slower, which can cause an individual to become stronger but potentially less powerful. The additional weight can also change our biomechanics,” he says. “One’s running form with a weighted vest will be altered just from the redistribution of weight and the change in their center of mass. Because of this, it can be argued that training with a weighted vest is potentially beneficial to sports performance but also potentially detrimental particularly if precise form is required.”


Jarkon Pens Article for The DO

Jun 28, 2024

As seen in The DO, an editorial by Liat Jarkon, D.O., director of the Center for Behavioral Health, reminds the supervisors of physicians-in-training to practice compassion and emphasize teamwork. Each July, medical students transition to interns and recent medical school graduates begin their residencies, which can be a stressful period for both trainees and seasoned mentors. However, Jarkon reminds physicians that both groups are collectively experiencing the trials and tribulations of medical training together, a mindset that could lessen physician burnout and help produce more well-adjusted physicians.

“During ongoing life-and-death medical scenarios, sleep deprivation, and crises, we may become negligent and overlook these basic facts. When frustrated, overwhelmed, and under pressure, we can even regress into negative and hostile interactions with one another. However, during these intense moments, it is crucial to remain cognizant of the fact that we are training physicians to be empathic, kind, approachable, and professional with their patients. As such, it behooves us to model this behavior. We all function as role models. We should be teaching, mentoring, and encouraging professional growth with patience and respect, regardless of the situation,” she writes.