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Robert J. Rubino,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Audrey A. Romero, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Lisa Abeshaus,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Jacqueline Saitta, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

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Diana Huang,
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Priya R. Patel,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.,MPH
Meryl Kahan,
M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

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 "I didn't know that!

History of Mammography:
In 1913 -  Albert Salomon makes an effort to visualize tumors in the breast with radiography.
1920s - Walter Vogel explained how X-rays could detect breast tissue differences. His guidelines that he explained are actually still used by today's physicians.
1930s Stafford L Warren was the first doctor to use mammography to diagnose breast cancer during pre-surgical observations.
Mid 1950s - Jacob Gershon Cohen uses mammography to screen healthy women for breast cancer.
Late 1950s - Robert Egan developed a new method of screening mammography. He published his results in a paper in 1959 and in a book in 1964.
1960s - Mammography became a widely used diagnostic tool.
1963 - Philip Strax collaborates on a study of women, which ends up showing that mammography reduced breast cancer deaths by a third.
1969 - The first X-ray units dedicated to breast imaging became available.
1973 - The National Cancer Institute began conducting a four-year study of women in the USA. They revealed that many women who had non-cancerous tumors and growths had undergone breast surgery, which they felt was unnecessary.
1976 - Mammography as a screening device became standard practice.
1992 - Congress enacts the Mammography Quality Standards Act, which ensures that all women have access to mammography for breast cancer detection.
1993 - A common language among doctors to report mammogram results is created by The American College of Radiology, known as the Breast Imaging and Reporting Data System.
2000 - The FDA approves the first digital mammography system.
2009 - The American Cancer Society reports that deaths due to breast cancer are down 30% as a result of early detect and treatment using mammography.

We are rounding out the 3rd month of the Summer. It's a great opportunity to take advantage of the warm weather and continue to use the outdoors to be active.

In this month's newsletter, we are pleased to announce a new appointment cancellation program. We also discuss the recent news about scientists successfully editing a gene mutation. In addition, we share ACOG's latest recommendations on breast cancer screening guidelines. In our Healthy Living section, we offer a comprehensive list of August seasonal fruits & veggies. And,  you'll find a new interesting "Medical Fact". 

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The Rubino OB/GYN Group
QueueDr To The Appointment Rescue Queue
We are pleased to announce the launch of QueueDr, an  innovative program that efficiently that takes an appointment cancellation and offers it up to another patient.

How it works
When an appointment is cancelled, QueueDr sends out a text to patients already booked with that physician, to see if they would like to move up their already scheduled appointment to an earlier date. 

The first patient to respond with just a one word text, supplied by QueueDr, automatically gets their appointment moved up to the earlier time. A confirmation text is immediately sent with the date, time, name of doctor and office location - confirming your appointment right on your phone.

If you receive the text and are not interested in a new appointment time, simply do not respond. There is no need to take any action - your original appointment will remain the same.

This service eliminates the need for a waiting list or to continually call the office to see if anything earlier "opened up".

The service has been extremely successful for our group. 

As always, we continually strive to add patient-centered improvements to our practice.

For more information on QueueDr, including FAQs, click here.
Successful Editing of Gene Mutation genes
As you probably have already heard, scientist recently made a breakthrough by editing a disease-causing gene mutation in a human embryo. 

The gene-editing technique is called CRISPR. Scientists said they  were able to correct a gene mutation linked to inherited heart conditions in human embryos using this approach. A study demonstrating the technique was published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, August 2nd. The full report can be viewed  here.

Last week, the  MIT Technology Review  released the first news of this scientific feat, describing the research as the first-known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States.

According  to an article published in CNN"Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a co-author of the study, described it as the first in the world to demonstrate gene-editing to be safe, accurate and efficient in correcting a pathogenic gene mutation in human embryos. Previous attempts by Chinese researchers were unsuccessful at achieving this without safety concerns."

The World Health Organization claims that scientists estimate more than 10,000 human diseases may result from mutations to a single gene occurring in all cells of the body.

This is a step closer to gene editing - however, before it can go to clinical trials, follow up research must be conducted on this gene-editing approach. It will also require regulations regarding use of federal funds for embryo research from the US National Institutes of Health to support embryo research, which it currently does not. In addition, the US Food and Drug Administration is prohibited from considering any clinical trials related to germline genetic modification.

Only time will tell.
Revised Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines breastcancer
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released its updated breast cancer screening guidance for average-risk women. 

The following excerpt from the ACOG discusses the new guidelines: 
ACOG's revised guidelines continue to underscore the importance of screening mammography and its role in early detection of breast cancer and consequent reduction in mortality. Among the changes, however, is an emphasis on patient-provider shared decision making to help women make informed, individualized decisions about when to start screening, the frequency of screening and when to end screening.

"Our new guidance considers each individual patient and her values," said Christopher M. Zahn, M.D., ACOG Vice President of Practice Activities. "Given the range of current recommendations, we have moved toward encouraging obstetrician-gynecologists to help their patients make personal screening choices from a range of reasonable options."

Shared Decision-Making
ACOG's updated breast cancer screening guidance promotes a focus on patient autonomy and shared decision making to help women and their ob-gyns decide on an appropriate breast cancer screening strategy from among the range of reasonable options encompassed within published major guidelines. ACOG recommends that women and their ob-gyns engage in a dialogue that includes discussion of the woman's health history; the benefits and harms of screening; and the woman's concerns, priorities, values and preferences about the potential benefits and harms of screening. This patient-centered, individualized approach empowers women to fully consider their breast cancer screening options and take an active and informed role in their health care. 

Benefits and Harms of Screening
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in American women. Regular screening mammography starting at age 40 years reduces breast cancer mortality in average-risk women. Screening, however, also exposes women to potential harms, such as callbacks, anxiety, false-positive results, overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Varying judgments about the appropriate balance of benefits and harms have led to differences among the major guidelines about what age to start, what age to stop and how frequently to recommend mammography screening in average-risk women. The variations between the current screening guidelines have created challenges for both patients and providers in choosing or recommending the most appropriate approach to screening in a particular patient.

Summary of ACOG's Updated Recommendations for Screening Mammography
  • Women at average risk of breast cancer should be offered screening mammography starting at age 40 years. If they have not initiated screening in their 40s, they should begin screening mammography by no later than age 50 years. The decision about the age to begin mammography screening should be made through a shared decision-making process. This discussion should include information about the potential benefits and harms.
  • Women at average risk of breast cancer should have screening mammography every one or two years based on an informed, shared decision-making process that includes a discussion of the benefits and harms of annual and biennial screening and incorporates patient values and preferences.
  • Women at average risk of breast cancer should continue screening mammography until at least 75 years. Beyond age 75 years, the decision to discontinue screening mammography should be based on a shared decision making process informed by the woman's health status and longevity.
Healthy Living - Seasonal Fruits and Veggies healthyliving
The 3rd month of the Summer brings a slew of seasonal fruits and vegetables! The following are an alphabetical list of those top picks - ready to grill, cook and devour:
  • A - Apricots & Avocados
  • B - Basil, Bell Peppers, Beets, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries
  • C - Cantaloupe, Carrots, Chard, Cherries, Chiles, Cilantro, Corn, Cucumbers
  • E - Eggplant
  • F - Fennel, Figs
  • G - Garlic, Grapes, Green beans, Green onions
  • K - Kiwi
  • L - Lemongrass, Limes
  • M - Mangoes, Melons
  • N - Nectarines
  • O - Okra, Onions
  • P - Peaches, Peas, Plums, Potatoes
  • R - Radishes, Raspberries, Rosemary
  • S - Scallions, Shallots, Strawberries, Summer squash
  • T - Tomatillos, Tomatoes
  • W -Watermelons
  • Z-  Zucchini
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