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101 Old Short Hills Rd
Atkins-Kent Building, Suite 101
W. Orange, NJ 07052

33 Overlook Rd.
MAC Building
Suite 108
Summit, NJ 07901

340 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940

731 Broadway
Bayonne, NJ 07002

67 Walnut Avenue, Suite 101
Clark, NJ 07066

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.

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

Abigail Whetstone
M.D., jF.A.C.O.G.

Vivian Chou
M.D., F.A.C.O.G
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When a fetus is about four months into pregnancy it develops a mustache that, over the course of a month, spreads over its entire body. This hair is called lanugo and it all falls out before birth (if you're lucky) and is eaten by the baby. It then is digested and becomes part of its first poop (called meconium).
We welcome the new season and wish everyone a great transition from the unofficial end of summer to new beginnings.

In this issue of our newsletter, we are happy to announce our new Madison, NJ office. We share an article on a surprising way to deliver babies in the past.  In addition, we include an article on the possible connection of pain drugs in pregnancy to behavioral issues.  This September, The Rubino OB/GYN Group is hosting a Zika Panel Discussion - we encourage your attendance. In our  Healthy Living section, we share a valuable seminar on nutrition & fitness. Finally, we remind everyone of our  new 8 am appointments. And, you'll find a new interesting "Medical Fact". 

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The Rubino OB/GYN Group
New Madison Office! madison
We are happy to announce that as of September 1, 2016, the office of Dr. Vivian Chou, Triboro OBGYN in 
Madison, is now part of The Rubino OB/GYN Group.

Dr. Chou and her staff will  continue to provide service in the Madison, NJ office, with the same office hours, in addition to Dr. Diana Huang and Dr. Abigail Whetstone.

Dr. Vivian Chou graduated with honors in obstetrics, bio statistics and medicine while attending the Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She then completed her OB/GYN residency at Western Pennsylvania Hospital and NY Beekman Downtown Hospital.

Dr. Chou has previously served as the chairman of the OB/GYN department at Overlook Hospital and Director of Obstetrics at Morristown Medical Center. She is trained and certified in Da Vinci Robotics, and an active Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Chou uses her extensive experience in the field to enhance the health and wellness of her patients.

This additional office location in Madison offers continued flexibility and convenience for our patients with five office locations to choose from when making an appointment.
We welcome Dr. Chou and her staff to our family-focused practice. 
Babies Delivered By The MailmanPO
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal captured a remarkable piece of history in which the US Postal Service also delivered babies. The article, written by Thomas V. DiBacco,
National Postal Museum
is captured below:

As a bid to stay relevant in the digital age, the U.S. Postal Service has been experimenting in select cities with delivering groceries. It makes a certain amount of sense, given that letter volume has dropped and the USPS's civilian labor force is second only to Wal-Mart 's. But a century ago, the post office did even better, delivering not only groceries but also children. I'm serious. 

In the 19th century the U.S. was still largely a rural nation. Farmers had to venture to their local post office, almost always at their country store, to pick up their mail. Beginning in 1896, however, Congress enacted Rural Free Delivery, meaning that mail and small packages would be dropped directly at each residence. Then came parcel post in 1913, providing that large packages-the limit eventually rose from 11 pounds to 50 pounds-could be delivered to city and farm.

Congress had been reluctant to provide any package service for rural customers, because mail was fully subsidized by taxpayers, no matter the losses. Further, there were already four major private firms delivering packages, including the still well-publicized (at least in old movies and songs) Wells Fargo Express. But catalog companies, in particular Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck, saw an enormous market among isolated farmers. They pressured Congress to institute parcel post, no matter that the prices charged for big packages wouldn't be anywhere near commensurate with actual costs.

Once the deliveries began, about the only restrictions were no poisons, inflammable materials, pistols, live or dead animals, intoxicants or any articles "with a bad odor." Everything else was mailed: groceries of all sorts, even fragile items such as eggs. And until June 13, 1920, when the action was formally proscribed, the most fragile of all parcels, children, were mailed, with appropriate postage stamps on their outer clothing.

Most times the journey was short, as in the instance of an infant delivered to an address about a mile or so from home. But for longer distances, it was much cheaper to use parcel post (just a few cents) than to buy a seat on a passenger train. Besides, children sent via post rode a train anyhow, situated in the mail car where they were tended to, even fed, by clerks.

There was a good measure of publicity stunt by the post office in these endeavors; there are extant photos of mail carriers with a babe in a delivery bag. Though this is hard to believe today, customers then knew their mail carriers and trusted them with such precious cargo.

Some notable deliveries, as recorded in the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum: In February 1914 May Pierstorff, just shy of her sixth birthday, was mailed from Grangeville, Idaho, to Lewistown, Idaho, to visit her grandparents. At 48½ pounds, she barely beat the 50 pound limit. Total distance: 73 miles. Total postage: 53 cents. The next March, Edna Neff, also 6 years old, set the record for the longest mailing: from Pensacola, Fla., to Christiansburg, Va., a distance of 727 miles. Her postage was only 15 cents.

The outright absurdity of the practice resulted in a profusion of criticism of the postal service from the newspapers. For example, the Washington Herald, on the front page of its edition for June 12, 1920, provided a ridiculing farewell to the practice:

"If the wife goes to the country the kids may land on dad's desk some bright morning, cancelled stamps on forehead and perhaps a bit banged up around the corners."

It was a loophole big enough to ship a child through-and some did.
Mr. DiBacco is professor emeritus at American University in Washington, D.C.
An article this August b y Lisa Rapaport cited a recent study that pregnant_woman_exercising.jpg "Pain drugs in pregnancy may be tied to behavioral issues in kids."

An excerpt from the article is below:

"The odds of hyperactivity and emotional problems were higher among the children of women who reported using acetaminophen while pregnant, the study found."

Women who take the common pain reliever acetaminophen during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with behavior problems than those who don't use the drug, a British study suggests.

Researchers analyzed survey data from about 7,800 mothers and found more than half of them took acetaminophen at some point during pregnancy.

Overall, about 5 percent of their children had behavior problems by age 7. The odds of hyperactivity, conduct issues and emotional problems were all higher among the offspring of women who reported using acetaminophen while pregnant, the study found.

This doesn't necessarily mean pregnant women should avoid taking acetaminophen, however, said lead study author Evie Stergiakouli of the University of Bristol in the U.K.  "It is still appropriate to use acetaminophen during pregnancy, " Stergiakouli said. 

The study doesn't prove acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, directly causes developmental issues in children, noted Dr. Hal Lawrence, executive vice president and chief executive of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

"Behavioral disorders are multi-factorial and very difficult to associate with a singular cause," Lawrence, who wasn't involved in the study, said. "The brain does not stop developing until at least 15 months of age, which leaves room for children to be exposed to a number of factors that could potentially lead to behavioral issues."

To explore the connection between prenatal acetaminophen use and behavior issues in children, researchers examined data on how many women reported taking the drug at 18 weeks and 32 weeks of pregnancy as well as when their children were 5 years old. 

Limitations of the study include the lack of data on the dosage or duration of acetaminophen use, the authors note in JAMA Pediatrics. The study also relied on parents to accurately recall and report on their acetaminophen use and on any behavior issues observed in their kids.

While there are a few other studies that have also suggested a possible association between prenatal acetaminophen use and neurological and developmental issues in children, none of this research offers conclusive proof that the drug is the cause of the problems, noted Dr. Aisling Murphy, a researcher in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

"Having said that, generally, our advice would be to avoid any unnecessary exposure to medications, including acetaminophen during pregnancy," Murphy, who wasn't involved in the current study, said by email.

"If treatment with acetaminophen is needed for pain control then taking the minimum effective dose and avoiding multiple prolonged exposures is the prudent thing to do," Murphy added. "If pain is more severe then talking to your doctor is the next best step."
Zika Panel DiscussionZika
On September 28th, The Rubino OB/GYN Group is leading a 

Zika Panel Discussion
The lecture will be comprised of a  panel of physicians & health experts including:
  • Dr. Robert Rubino, MD, FACOG - The Rubino OB/GYN Group
  • Dr. Leon Smith, MD, FACOG, Perinatologist - NJ Perinatal Group
  • Megan Avallone, MS, RN  - Health Officer, Westfield Regional Health Department
Discussion includes:
> Zika's impact in the US and NJ
> How to protect yourself & your family
> Travel to endemic areas
> Zika & pregnancy

Time: The lecture begins at 7:00 pm.
Location92 Summit Ave, Summit.

Light refreshments will be served.

To find out more, and RSVP, visit The Rubino OB/GYN Group website and click on the button "RSVP for the Zika Panel Discussion".

Panel discussion sponsored by The Rubino OB/GYN Group, CombiMatrix and LapCorp.
Healthy Living: Nutrition Bustersnutrition
This September, we are happy to share a great local seminar designed to help answer all of your nutrition and fitness questions.

New 8am AppointmentsAMappts
Please note, as of August, 
The Rubino OB/GYN Group is now  offering 8 am appointments in select office locations. 

The times will be on a 6 week rotating schedule that changes weekly.

If you would like to take advantage of this new early time availability, please request it when making your next appointment and our office staff will strive to accommodate your time and location. 
Easy Access To Lab Reports labreports
Reminder: you have easy access to  your lab results 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for many of your doctors.

There are two major clinical laboratories for most patient tests: LabCorp and Quest. Simply register on their websites for access to your personal records.  

Convenient links to both sites are provided on our website: The Rubino OB/GYN website

Our patient portal is specific to your records from The Rubino OB/GYN Group only and allows you to access your health history, update your profile page, request a prescription, submit a clinical question and access upcoming appointments. If you have not already received a username and password, please request one from our office.

Pay Your Bill Onlinepayonlinebills

You can pay your Rubino OB/GYN Group bills online right from the checkbook-pen.jpghomepage of our website. Simply click on the button at the top of the page that says "New! Pay Your Bill Online!".

Options include paying by credit card or  echeck. It is an easy one-time registration to create a password.


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