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101 Old Short Hills Rd
Atkins-Kent Building, Suite 101
W. Orange, NJ 07052
33 Overlook Rd.
Summit, NJ 07901
Bayonne, NJ 07002
67 Walnut Avenue, Suite 101
Clark, NJ 07066
Robert J. Rubino,
Audrey A. Romero, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Jacqueline Saitta, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Allan D. Kessel,
Priya R. Patel,
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Before puberty, the uterus is about 3.5 centimeters (cm) in length with an average thickness of 1 cm. After puberty, its normal length is about 7.6 cm, and width is 4.5 cm, with a normal thickness of 3.0 cm.
We hope everyone enjoyed the long 4th of July weekend!
In this issue of our newsletter, we introduce our new
! We discuss the
and important follow-ups. An article on the importance of
offers suggestions on how to optimize down time. In our
Healthy Living section
, we offer guidelines on safely selecting and serving produce. In addition, we announce the return of the
and how it connects to Dr. Rubino. And, you'll find a new interesting "Medical Fact".
As always, we will continue to provide topics that are current, informative and important to your good health.
New Clark Office Now Open
We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new Clark office at 67 Walnut Avenue in Clark, NJ.
The new office is a much larger, newly renovated space
within a modern facility. It includes
6 exam rooms & an on-site procedure room. It is only 4 blocks from the previous location and very close to a shopping center.
Below are some photos capturing the inside of the building, the entrance, the waiting room and exam rooms:
67 Walnut Avenue, Suite 101
Clark, NJ 07066
We look forward to seeing you in the new facility!
The "Fourth" Trimester
A recent article by ACOG, The American
Obstetricians and Gynecologists, discussed the
importance of a follow-up visit post childbirth to optimize postpartum care for
continuation of care through a woman's lifespan.
The article states, although it is recommended that all women undergo a comprehensive visit within the first 6 weeks after birth, as many as 40% of women do not attend a postpartum visit.
This new Committee Opinion "Optimizing Postpartum Care," states that "patient-centered, maternal postpartum care has the potential to improve outcomes for women, infants and families and to support ongoing health and well-being. In the weeks after birth, a woman must adapt to multiple physical, social and psychological changes. She must recover from childbirth, adjust to changing hormones, and learn to feed and care for her newborn. In addition to being a time of joy and excitement, this "fourth trimester" can present major challenges like lack of sleep, pain, depression, lack of sexual desire and urinary incontinence. Postpartum care visits with obstetrician-gynecologists or other obstetric care providers can help women navigate the challenges of motherhood."
It is important for the patient and patient's OB/GYN to formulate an individualized postpartum care plan and identify the health care professionals who will comprise the postpartum care team for the woman and her infant.
The postpartum care team may include the woman's family and friends, her maternity provider, her infant's provider, and community supports, such as home visitors, mothers' groups and peer counselors.
For some women, such as those with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy or women at high risk of postpartum depression, follow-up one to two weeks after birth is recommended.
For all women, a comprehensive postpartum visit should take place within the first 6 weeks after birth and should include a full assessment of physical, social and psychological well-being. This visit is an opportunity for the woman to discuss the birth of her child, implications of any complications for her future health, future reproductive plans, infant feeding, postpartum body changes, sexuality, physical activity and nutrition.
An article in the Huffington Post highlights the importance of taking proper breaks in your life to optimize performance and
Breaks are scientifically-proven to boost focus and productivity.
2008 University of Illinois study
found that the brain's attentional resources drop after a long period of focusing on a single task, decreasing our focus and hindering performance. But even brief diversions, the study found, could significantly increase one's ability to focus on that task for prolonged periods of time.
"Like time, energy is finite; but unlike time, it is renewable," Energy Project CEO Tony Schwartz
wrote in the New York Times
. "Taking more time off is counter-intuitive for most of us. The idea is also at odds with the prevailing work ethic in most companies, where downtime is typically viewed as time wasted."
It's nearly impossible to exercise optimal performance without allowing time for rest. The article states, "
Over long periods of working, the brain uses up oxygen and glucose,
its primary forms of energy
The brain uses enormous amounts of energy for an organ of its size,
according to Scientific American
, "regardless of whether we are tackling integral calculus or clicking through the week's top 10 LOL cats."
What is the best way to take a break?
- Step away from screen time (computers, phones, video games) and move/exercise to get the blood flowing and clear your mind.
- Be social. Social interaction and strong social ties can boost productivity.
- After every 90 minutes of working continuously, take a break.
- Take regular vacations.
- Work in a nap.
- When you do take a break - separate yourself from stimulation and do something calming.
Taking these mindful breaks in life can be the defining factor in fostering a healthy life style.
Healthy Living: Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
The FDA, US Food and
Drug Administration, offers excellent tips on selecting and serving produce safely. Following is an excerpt with these tips:
As you enjoy fresh produce, follow these safe handling tips to help protect yourself and your family.
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Your local markets carry a wide variety of nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows can come in contact with fruits and vegetables and contaminate them. Fresh produce may also become contaminated after it is harvested, such as during storage or preparation.
Eating contaminated produce can lead to foodborne illness, often called "food poisoning." So as you enjoy fresh produce, follow these safe handling tips to help protect you and your family.
You can help keep produce safe by making wise buying decisions.
- Choose produce that is not bruised or damaged.
- When buying pre-cut, bagged or packaged produce - such as half of a watermelon or bagged salad greens - choose only those items that are refrigerated or surrounded by ice.
- Bag fresh fruits and vegetables separately from raw meat, poultry, and seafood when packing them to take home from the market
Proper storage of fresh produce can affect both quality and safety.
Separate for Safety
- Store perishable fresh fruits and vegetables (like strawberries, lettuce, herbs, and mushrooms) in a clean refrigerator at a temperature of 40° F or below. Use a refrigerator thermometer to check! If you're not sure whether an item should be refrigerated to keep its quality, ask your grocer.
- Refrigerate all produce that is purchased pre-cut or packaged .
Keep fruits and vegetables that will be eaten raw separate from raw meat, poultry, and seafood - and from kitchen utensils used for those products.
- Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops with soap and hot water between preparing raw meat, poultry, and seafood and preparing produce that will not be cooked.
- If possible, use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
- If you use plastic or other non-porous cutting boards, run them through the dishwasher after use
When preparing any fresh produce, begin with clean hands. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water before and after preparation.
What About Pre-Washed Produce?
- Cut away any damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables before preparing and/or eating. Throw away any produce that looks rotten.
- Wash all produce thoroughly under running water before preparing and/or eating, including produce grown at home or bought from a grocery store or farmers' market. Washing fruits and vegetables with soap, detergent, or commercial produce wash is not recommended.
- Even if you do not plan to eat the skin, it is still important to wash produce first so dirt and bacteria are not transferred from the surface when peeling or cutting produce.
- Scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.
- After washing, dry produce with a clean cloth towel or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present on the surface
Many pre-cut, bagged, or packaged produce items are pre-washed and ready-to-eat. If so, it will be stated on the packaging, and you can use the produce without further washing.
If you choose to wash produce marked as "pre-washed" or "ready-to-eat," be sure that it does not come in contact with unclean surfaces or utensils. This will help to avoid cross contamination.
About Foodborne Illness: Know the Symptoms
Consuming dangerous foodborne bacteria will usually cause illness within 1 to 3 days of eating the contaminated food. However, sickness can also occur within 20 minutes or up to 6 weeks later. Although most people will recover from a foodborne illness within a short period of time, some can develop chronic, severe, or even life-threatening health problems.
Foodborne illness can sometimes be confused with other illnesses that have similar symptoms. The symptoms of foodborne illness can include:
- Vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain
- Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, and body ache
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It's Game Time
The 10,000 Pyramid is back with a vengeance and some new faces.
Let by h
ost Michael Strahan, his rapport with contestants and celebrities alike is includes a charming tone, congratulating good performances and jokingly chiding not-so-good game play.
Rather than mimic all of Dick Clark's beats, he knows the game and implements it with ease.
As before, the
is a game that succeeds or fails based on the overall performance of the celebrities they booked. Especially on Dick Clark's
, celebrities were carefully cast based on their game playing skill, since so much money was on the line.
Now, for the most part, the producers, including Dr. Rubino's brother, have created a recreation of fun, wit and intrigue.
Easy Access To Lab Reports
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:
. Simply register on their websites for access to your personal records.
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 Online
You can pay your Rubino OB/GYN Group bills online right from the homepage 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.
For easy reference, the direct link is: Pay My Bill.
Pay Your Rubino OB/GYN Bills Online
Patients can pay their bills online at the following web site:
Options include paying by credit card or echeck.
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