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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
D.O., jF.A.C.O.G.

Vivian Chou
M.D., F.A.C.O.G
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Medical Fact
 "I didn't know that!

Pap test is a test of a sample of cells taken from a woman's cervix or 
vagina. The test is used to look for changes in the cells of the cervix that
 shows cancer or conditions that may develop into cancer.

For patients age 30-64, Pap & HPV testing is automatic. In women under 30, HPV is tested only if an abnormality is noted.

Georgios Nikolaou Papanikolaou , a Greek pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection, is credited for inventing the Pap Smear in 1928.

It is the best tool to detect precancerous conditions and hidden, small tumors that may lead to cervical cancer. If detected early, cervical cancer can be cured.

Happy New Year! We wish you much health and happiness in 2017.

In this issue of our newsletter, we share information on the decline in the U.S. population from the U.S. Census. In addition, we discuss the importance of your annual well-visit and the multitude of topics that can and will be discussed. In our Healthy Living section, we offer guidance on how to stay healthy this winter. Further, we provide our new Madison office hours and staff.  We remind you to "Like" our Facebook page in front of one of our receptionists to get a small treat!  Lastly, IV iron infusions are available in the comfort of our offices. And, you'll find a new interesting "Medical Fact". 

If there is topic you would like covered in our newsletter, please e-mail us at
As always, we will continue to provide topics that are current, informative and important to your good health.  

The Rubino OB/GYN Group
Census Says U.S. Population Grew at Lowest Rate Since Great Depression This Yea r census
The following is an excerpt from an article in the Wall Street Journal this December, that captures information from the Census Bureau on the declining rate of the U.S.  population this year, including the state of New York shrinking for the first time in a decade:

An uptick in deaths, a slowdown in births and a slight drop in immigration all damped American population growth for the year ended July 1. The 0.7% increase, to 323.1 million, was the smallest on record since 1936-37, according to William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution.

The figures show Americans continue to leave the North for Western states, with Utah, Nevada, Idaho and several others in that region topping the country in percentage growth. Besides New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois also shrunk in notable ways, with the land of Lincoln losing more people than any other state.

About 593,000 people left the Northeast and Midwest to move to the South and West this year, slightly more than during the prior one-year period, the data show. The numbers suggest that the job lock and depressed home values that kept Americans from moving for years after the recession are dissipating, and that immigrants who started out in these regions are moving on.

New York, whose loss of 1,900 people put its population at 19.7 million, is shrinking largely because residents are leaving for other states. It has an aging population that is retiring in warmer places such as Florida, or staying put and dying.
"As a state that has more people leaving than going [in], that is not a good thing," said Jan Vink, a researcher at Cornell University's program on applied demographics. "People claim it's about the taxes, it's about the weather. There are many reasons."

Eight states lost population this year, including West Virginia, Connecticut, Vermont, Wyoming and Mississippi. Illinois' loss of about 38,000 people, leaving it with 12.8 million, marks the third year in a row the state has shrank.

Among factors weighing on overall population growth is that the number of babies women are having-which plummeted in the 2007-09 recession-hasn't picked up as much as demographers had expected during the recovery. The mortality rate for Americans is also creeping up, in part due to stalled progress in preventing people from dying of heart disease.

"Having more babies helps the well-being of our nation", Dr. Rubino.

To read the full article, click here.
Why An Annual Well-Visit Is Important wellvisit
The beginning of a new year is a great reminder to schedule your annual well-woman examination. It's easy to let one year turn into two years, so getting a jump on it in January and scheduling it for a future date will cross it off your list. Why is it so important to get an annual exam? The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists provide some important reasons:

Birth Control
Meeting with your OB/GYN annually gives you an opportunity to review your current birth control methods and revisit other options, especially if you are having difficulty with your current one. You may want to decide to move from a birth control pill to an IUD (intrauterine device) or an implant. 

Breast & Cancer Screening
Your annual exam will include a breast exam and pap smear that screen for cancers. It is a good opportunity to review information on breast cancer, colon cancer or other types of cancers you may be at risk for or have questions about.

During your annual exam, you can request vaccinations for the flu, HPV (if applicable) and more.

Overall Health Screening
Your annual exam is a great time to review with your doctor your current health and any concerns or questions you may have. You vitals will be taken including blood pressure, urine levels and height/weight. If you are carrying more weight than you'd like, it's a good time to discuss your BMI, exercise, diet, sugar and health issues associated with being overweight. It is also an opportunity to discuss bone density for osteoporosis, diabetes and other topics. 

Depression Screening
Depression can effect many people at different times in their lives. Is is a common but serious illness and can be mild, moderate or severe. To diagnose depression, your OB/GYN will discuss your symptoms, how often they occur and the severity. 

If you have a concern about sexually transmitted diseases, you will be screened during your exam. This can include chlamydia, gonorrhea or genital herpes.

Issues With Your Menstrual Period
During your appointment you can discuss PMS symptoms, painful periods, heavy bleeding or irregular periods and come up with solutions to ease your suffering. 

Preconception Counseling
If you are planning on becoming pregnant, it is a good idea to have preconception counseling. Your OB/GYN will ask you about your lifestyle, your medical and family history. medications you take and any past pregnancies. 

Menopause & Urinary Issue
If you have questions about menopause, urinary incontinence or other medical concerns, your OB/GYN can discuss options with you and figure out a plan of action. Many of these issues can be resolved with simple changes and procedures. 

It is so important to take care of your health. Book your annual exam today. The Rubino OB/GYN Group doctors are here to support you to help you maintain the best health possible. 
Healthy Living: Staying Healthy This Winter healthyliving
The cold weather and shorter days tend to have an impact on our level of movement and our overall health. There are a couple of easy things you can do to keep healthy this winter. 

Wash your hands. Germs and viruses can thrive indoors when temperatures drop and windows and doors stay shut. To avoid the threat of colds, flu, and other winter germs found on doorknobs, public bathrooms, and railings on public transportation and communal pens, be sure to wash your hands with soap thoroughly often throughout the day (hand sanitizer  is an easy go-to if a sink is not available).

Get active! There are plenty of winter activities you can participate in to maintain a healthy heart. Go for an outdoor run or walk, go skiing, ice skating, indoor basketball or attend indoor classes. Your  body  works harder to maintain a healthy  body  temperature whether it's very hot or  cold  outside. When it's  cold , you start shivering because muscle movement helps heat up the  body and burn more calories .


Take vitamin D. In the heart of the summer, we are exposed to 15 hours of sunlight per day vs. 8 hours in January! This can deplete the natural vitamin D we get from the sun's rays. Low vitamin D can make you tired, cause difficulty in thinking clearly, cause bone pain, create muscle weakness and make you more susceptible to bone fractures. Consider taking a natural vitamin D supplement in the winter.


Set goals and give yourself challenging situations. The adrenaline and healthy stress provides a health boost by becoming hyper alert and producing natural anti-bodies. 


Get a massage. Massage therapy has been shown to improve immune function and energy levels. According to Prevention, "In a 500-person review study, massage lowered cortisol levels by up to 53%." Massage can increase serotonin and dopamine, both mood boosters. It can help to simply deal with the daily pressures of life.


Get enough sleep. It is one of the number one precautions to take against colds or flus. Your body needs to repair itself and build strength. 


Get a jump on a cold quickly. There are many over-the-counter remedies for the first signs of a cold including Cold Calm and Ener-C. If you feel the flu's aches and fatigue coming on, you can ask your doctor for antiviral medications such as Tamiflu or Relenza. Both are 60 to 90% effective if they are taken within 48 hours of exposure but useless before or after that window. 

Take care of yourself in the new year.
New Madison Office Hours & Doctors officehours
We are happy to announce our Madison office hours have been expanded and now included the following team of talented physicians: Dr. Huang, Dr. Abeshaus, Dr. Whetstone and Dr. Kahan. 

Address and hours are as follows:

340 Main Street, Suite 2
Madison, NJ 07940

Office Hours:
Monday: 7:30-12:30
Tuesday: 10:30-4:30
Wednesday:  9-12
Thursday:  10-6

You can   make an appointment online or simply by calling 
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IV Infusions - In The Comfort Of Our Office IV
The Rubino OB/GYN Group offers IV Iron infusions  in the comfort and convenience of our office.

If you are interested in an iron infusion, please call our office to schedule an appointment or to meet with one of our doctors to discuss.
Flu Clinics Still Available flu
The offices, days and times of the clinics are as follows:

West Orange:
Mondays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Thursdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fridays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Mondays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fridays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Mondays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursdays & Fridays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Mondays & Thursdays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The clinics will run every week while supplies last and are open to everyone, 18 and older, with a priority to pregnant patients.
Walk ins welcome - no appointment necessary.
Most insurance companies cover the flu shot at 100%, without a 
co-pay*. Take a step toward keeping healthy this winter and get vaccinated.

*Patients new to our practice will be charged out-of-pocket costs.
Easy Access To Lab Reports labreports
There are two major clinical laboratories for most patient tests: LabCorp and Quest

You can simply register on their websites for access to your personal records or use the conv enient links to both sites on our website:   The Rubino OB/GYN Group  

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.


For easy reference, the direct link is: Pay My Bill

Office Announcements  announcements
8 AM Appointments
For your convenience, 8 am appointments are now available. Please call our main number 973-736-1100 to schedule. 

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. 

Emmi Video Tutorials
Emmi is a free, online video tutorial that makes complex medical information simple and easy to understand. Emmi provides clear and concise step-by-step information on common health topics and procedures right on our website. Click here to find out more.

"Important Announcements" on Our Website
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