Bhuma Krishnamachari on Genetic Testing
Oct 28, 2014
"Genetic testing can tell you whether or not you are at a high risk for a disease like cancer, and then allow you to prevent it -- yet such results often lead to a quandary for both patients and doctors," says NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Assistant Dean of Research Bhuma Krishnamachari, Ph.D. in a LiveScience op-ed entitled "Navigating Genetic Testing in an Uncertain Landscape."
Krishnamachari, an epidemiologist and genetics expert, says genetic testing is no longer straightfoward; instead, it involves testing panels of numerous geners. But medical experts do not always understand the clinical significance of mutations that may be revealed through genetic testing.
"More information breeds more questions, often without answers," says Krishnamachari. "It will take time for knowledge and clinical practice to catch up to genetic technology."
The best route for patients, she advises, is to ensure that multidisciplinary teams -- genetic counselors, oncologists, surgeons, and primary care providers -- are involved in patient care.
"This approach ensures that multiple aspects of cancer genetics, including family history and current research, are considered in a patient's individualized treatment plan," says Krishnamachari. "Additionally, it helps patients receive proper counseling on the realities of what their tests mean fore them, including the potential for uncertain results."
Study: Teachers, Not Digital Native Students, Better With Classroom Tech
Oct 23, 2014
"School-age students may be fluent in using entertainment or communication technologies, but they need guidance to learn how to use these technologies to solve sophisticated thinking problems," says Shiang-Kwei Wang, associate professor in NYIT’s School of Education. Her research on the topic was published in the journal Educational Technology Research & Development, according to an article in U.S. News & World Report. Wang was also interviewed by NBC News.
"The thought was that digital natives had a different way of thinking because their lives were so saturated with technology and that teachers were too old, so they can't best teach digital natives," Wang told NBC. "More and more research is debunking that myth."
The research team looked at 1,078 students and 24 science teachers in 18 schools across two states for their research.
"The school setting is the only institution that might create the needs to shape and facilitate students' technology experience. Once teachers introduce students to a new technology to support learning, they quickly learn how to use it," she added.
Alan Fairbairn on Winter Travel Outlook
Oct 23, 2014
"Travel industry remains strong, with hotels continuing to post increasing revenues per available room and high occupanices in many markets," says School of Management Associate Professor Alan Fairbairn in a CardHub online article assessing the winter travel outlook. (Scroll down article to see expert answers.)
Fairbairn predicts growth in mobile applications "as a distribution and booking engine for airfare and hotels," and says adventure travel and cruises will remain attractive.
"Effective destination management will prove to be an important factor in the success of new destinations and the stakeholders in those destinations," he says.
Guiliano in The Huffington Post: Hey Corporate Director!
Oct 21, 2014
NYIT President Edward Guiliano’s commentary in The Huffington Post explores the role of the boardroom in cybersecurity risk mitigation. Building on comments he delivered at the NYIT Cybersecurity Conference 2014, he states: “Cyber-criminals have methods and motives, but corporations have stronger ones. Cyber-criminals have money and talent, but businesses have more. Just as market economies put a near-end to crimes like piracy, we can stop this thievery, too.”
Ferrucci: Conservative Prudence in Borrowing is Best
Oct 14, 2014
"If you are just starting college, you should be gathering as many financial resources (applying for outside scholarships, filling out applications for state aid, part time jobs, etc.) as possible throughout the preceding year, so that you do not start to borrow if you can avoid it," says Associate Dean of Financial Aid Rosemary G. Ferruci in a WalletHub article on student debt.
Ferruci advises students who borrow to maximize the amount of credits they can take each semester, try to accelerate their progress through school by taking courses on breaks and during the summer, and be aware of the amount of debt they are taking on if they do borrow for their education.
"Although student loans do build credit, they can just as easily be 'neglected' as a debt owed, as students move forward after graduation with their careers and life," says Ferruci. "The money 'borrowed' while in school, to pay for the better dorm room or that study abroad trip or even worse -- that Saturday night pizza run every week -- will be paid back potentially 5-10 years after it has occurred. That is very hard to remember...Conservative prudence in borrowing is always the wise choice."
Carol Dahir on Guidance Counselor Roles in Epoch Times
Oct 01, 2014
High school guidance counselors can do a good job even in the face of overcrowded schools and other challenges, says Carol Dahir, professor at NYIT School of Education in an Epoch Times article.
In "Getting Help With College Applications in NYC Can Be a Challenge," Dahir notes that some schools still have an outdated approach to the role of guidance counselors. But once principals set the responsibilities of counselors, they must ensure that they do their jobs, even though there is not a formal evaluation system in New York City. And guidance counselors need to truly understand their roles.
One counselor, she notes, can manage 300 students as long as there's a "culture in the building" with priorities and cooperation with other school administrators.
Larry Herman Talks To Senior Voice America about Physician Assistants
Sep 26, 2014
"You'll see us in virtually any practice setting because of the significant shortage of healthcare providers," says Lawrence Herman, NYIT Chair of Physician Assistant Studies and chairman of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, in a radio broadcast segment about physician assistants on Senior Voice America on 1250 AM WHNZ in Tampa, FL.
Herman spoke of the intense graduate medical education program PAs must take, including 2,000 - 3,000 clinical hours, and their reputation for quality care, developed as the profession has grown in its 45 years of existence.
"There are huge studies that show that PAs give high quality care - and every single study says the same thing: comparable (care provided) even in the most complex patients," says Herman. "But the important thing...is that we always practice in a team model. PAs were team before team was cool....The goal is to do whatever the patient needs in a very patient-centric model."
There are 115,000 PAs and PA students in the country, says Herman. All are trained in primary care and many go on to practice within various specialties. With 187 programs in the country right now, and 70 more in the pipeline over the next five years, the profession is poised for continued growth.
Herman's interview begins at 13:00 on the second audio link visible on the Senior Voice America page.
PT Expert Cheryl Hall Discusses Massage Therapy in Newsday
Sep 23, 2014
"In the U.K., massage has been used in school-aged children and has been shown to decrease stress hormones, ease depression, improving sleeping habits and decrease fighting with others, just to name a few positive effects," says Cheryl Hall, assistant professor of physical therapy, in a Newsday article (subscription required) about the benefits of massage therapy.
Hall, who works with pediatric patients, says massage therapy can help relieve digestive problems and helps children relax before medical procedures, such as surgery.
"Many parents instinctively storke and cuddle their infants to soothe and engage them during regular interactions," says Hall, noting that "strokes should not be too firm or too soft" and that parents should watch for signs to stop massage if children signal they need a break.
Dr. Mindy Haar On Food Myths and Overeating in Cosmo, Elle
Sep 23, 2014
"The majority of American women get twice as much protein as they actually need," says Mindy Haar, Ph.D., director of.program development in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, in "14 Supposedly Healthy Foods That Dietitians Never Eat" in both Elle and Cosmopolitan.
Haar notes that protein powder is not a necessary, even if women are active and work out frequently.
Cleansing diets, particularly those that permit only juice, are another fad to avoid, she says, noting that "there is really no such physiological phenomenon as a 'cleanse.'"
Haar was also quoted in a separate Cosmopolitan article about unrealistic serving sizes.
Klotz Offers Time Management Tips for Freshmen
Sep 22, 2014
"Enchiladas and Engineering? Pizza and Poetry? Form groups to study and make it social too," advises Anne Marie Klotz, Ph.D., Dean for Campus Life at NYIT's Manhattan campus, in an experts' advice column in NerdScholar on time management tips for freshmen.
Klotz says study groups allow students to talk with each other and work through their assignments.
Klotz also advises students to take breaks from study hours and classes and to use the breaks as rewards to help keep focused and motivated. For extra motivation, add positive reinforcement. For example, if a student focuses better while listening to music, he or she should create a short study playlist.
"Commit to doing homework each night until the playlist is over," she says.