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"I didn't know that!"
In the past 30 years, the occurrence of abdominal aortic aneurysms has increased threefold.
AAA is the 17th-leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 15,000 deaths each year (of those that do not undergo treatment).
We hope you and your family had a great 4th of July weekend and were able to enjoy the local festivities.
In this month's newsletter, we are excited to welcome a new doctor to our staff, Dr. Huang, joining us from private practice at Beth Israel Medical Center. We recognize National Cord Blood Awareness Month with an article on cord blood and stem cells. And, in our Healthy Living section, Dr. Kessel shares a personal perspective on a recent procedure where he became the patient. 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.
|Please Join Us in Welcoming Dr. Diana Huang
We are excited to welcome Diana Huang, MD, FACOG, the newest member of our elite staff at The Rubino OB/GYN Group.
Dr. Huang is a New York native, graduating from the prestigious Bronx HS of Science and studying biochemistry at Barnard College, a division of Columbia University. She pursued her medical degree from SUNY-Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Education and completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in NY where she was Chief Resident.
Dr. Huang has extensive training in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic procedures and is interested in educating patients in preventative health and minimally invasive surgery. She believes in collaborating with her patients and partnering with them in making educated decisions on their health care. She shares, "I feel blessed to work with women every day and be a part of their lives. I am excited about joining The Rubino OB/GYN group and hope to meet many patients in the near future."
Dr. Huang speaks English and Mandarin Chinese and is seeing patients in our West Orange and Clark offices.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Huang to the practice!
|National Cord Blood Awareness Month |
July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month.
Cord blood is blood from a newborn that is left in the umbilical cord and placenta after birth. It contains stem cells that have been used to treat several life-threatening diseases and plays an important role in the treatment of blood and immune system related genetic diseases, cancers and blood disorders.
The first clinically documented use of cord blood cells was in 1988 when a six-year-old boy was successfully treated for anemia. Since then, cord blood has become increasingly recognized as a source of stem cells that can be used in stem cell therapy.
Stem cells are also found in blood and bone marrow in adults and children. Recent studies show that cord blood has unique advantages over traditional bone marrow transplantation, specifically in children, and can be life-saving in rare cases where a bone-marrow donor cannot be found.
Stem cell use has limitations. Only a few diseases can be treated with them, stem cells from a baby born with a genetic disease cannot be used and a child's stem cells cannot be used to treat that child's leukemia, a cancer of the blood. However, stem cells from a healthy child can be used to treat another child's leukemia if it's a match.
Private cord banks store cord blood for people who want to use it in treating their baby or a relative. Private banks typically charge an annual fee for storage and a fee for collecting the cord blood.
Cord blood is collected by your health care provider or the staff at the hospital where a baby is born. The process is simple and painless.
When deciding to collect cord blood, there are important factors to consider:
- many diseases cannot be treated with a person's own stem cells
- the chance stem cells will be needed to treat your child or relative is very low
- it is not currently known how long cord blood can be stored
Collecting cord blood is a very personal decision. If you have any additional questions about cord blood, please speak to one of our doctors.
A Personal Perspective from Dr. Kessel
I have been at Rubino OB/GYN for nearly 4 years and have been practicing medicine since 1998. However, as happens with all doctors sooner or later, last month I switched roles and became the patient.
In April, I was diagnosed with an
aortic root aneurysm.
It was completely asymptomatic, and unexpected, but it was large enough that it needed to be repaired in the next 3-6 months. After discussion with my wife, I decided to move promptly and decisively for repair in June so that we could permanently fix the problem. I underwent a minimally invasive surgical repair by the head of aortic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian in early June. The operation was a complete success.
During my 4 weeks absence, my fellow MD's at Rubino OB/GYN had to absorb my share of the practice, my deliveries and my calls. Not an easy task. The staff also needed to deal with a challenging situation in
rescheduling patients and triaging emergencies. I know that this month
was busy for the practice and I wholeheartedly thank my fellow MD's and the entire staff at Rubino OB/GYN for their superlative efforts during this time. I also realize that some patients, by virtue of this
situation, had to endure additional wait times, or needed to be
rescheduled as emergencies arose. I would like to thank our patients
very much for their patience during this month.
I have always told medical students that the single most challenging
aspect of medicine is finding the right practice in which to work. It
was very obviously to me from the beginning that I found that ideal
match at Rubino OB/GYN. I am indebted to my my physician colleagues for their unwavering support and understanding during this time. I
look forward to seeing patients again in early July, as our group
continues to provide outstanding care to the woman of northern New
Allan D. Kessel, M.D.
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