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Robert J. Rubino,
Audrey A. Romero, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
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An early version of a bell-shaped menstrual cup was patented in 1932, by the midwifery group of McGlasson and Perkins. Leona Chalmers patented the first usable commercial cup in 1937. Later menstrual cups were patented in 1935, 1937, and 1950. The Tassaway brand of menstrual cups was introduced in the 1960s, but it was not a commercial success. Early menstrual cups were made of rubber. Today, both silicone and rubber models are available. Most are reusable, though there is at least one brand of disposable menstrual cups currently manufactured.
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In this issue of our newsletter, we are excited to announce Dr. Rubino has received the 2015 'Top Doc' recognition for the 8th consecutive year!
We are continuing the walk-in flu clinics - schedule and locations listed below. Since November is Child Safety Month, we offer a couple of important reminders on keeping your child safe. We also discuss menstrual cups, presented at the ACOG conference. In our Healthy Living section, we offer a guide for when you do and don't need antibiotics. Also, we include an important announcement for patients with Health Republic insurance. 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.
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|'Top Doc' Eighth Consecutive Year
Dr. Rubino is once again recognized as 'Top Doc' by his peers in the November 2015 issue of NJ Monthly, for the eighth consecutive year.
To read the full profile, click here.
|Walk-In Flu Clinics Continue
We are continuing our walk-in flu shots for all patients.
on the following days in the following offices.
Mondays 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and
Thursdays 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fridays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursdays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mondays 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The clinics will run every week while supplies last.
|Child Safety Protection Month
November is Child Safety Protection Month. It is a good time to remember some of the basics to ensure your child is safe in their common daily environment.
Be cautious of choking hazards
Small items can get lodged inside a child's throat such as coins, marbles, keys, jewelry, paper clips, crayons, hard candies and much more. Be cautious of keeping these items in the reach of your child. All parents and care givers should consider taking a CPR course to know what to do in an emergency.
Go eye level
Go on your hands and knees to see your child's view. It will give you a better understanding of what might be hazardous like sharp corners of furniture, heating units, doors to medicine or cleaning cabinets, electronics, lamps with cords, plugs, etc.
Put locks on anything that can be opened.
Safety covers on faucets can prevent your child from turning on the hot water too high. There are children's safety toys that help indicate if the water temperature is too hot for your child.
Although plants can be aesthetically pleasing, they can also pose a hazard for your child. Decorative plants should be non-toxic.
Safety gates are always a good idea on the top and bottom of stairs or to prevent your child from entering a non-child proofed room like an at-home office.
Teach your child how to handle interactions with strangers. For safety tips, visit the FBI's website.
Teach your child their address, phone number and how to use 911.
There are many resources available for child safety tips, including the CDC(Center For Disease Control), which offers a valuable list of topics for Safety in the Home & Community.
The recent annual meeting of the American Congress of OB/GYN (ACOG) included the typical array of new devices, medical companies and products to share with health care providers.
This year, one of the exhibits brought back what might be considered an 'old school' method of menstrual supplies - a collapsible menstrual cup.
It's a silicone menstrual cup that collapses into a tiny little case that could be stashed in any size purse. It captures your menstrual flow and prevents leaking. You simply remove it sporadically or when full, wash it out, and re-insert it. It is often viewed as a great option for travel, sports, a night out and offers an easy alternative to tampons and pads.
What is the cost?
Menstrual cups pay for themselves in about a year (sooner if you go through more pads/tampons than average).
Is it eco-friendly?
How long do they last?
With good care (washing with a gentle soap) a silicone cup can last several years.
Can I use it with an IUD?
One study addressed that issue and found no increase in the IUD expulsion rate between pads, tampons, and menstrual cups. The study only had 96 women who were cup users, but still the results are reassuring.
In addition to an alternative menstrual device for women, the menstrual cup can have medical applications. It can help your doctor measure your monthly flow and determine if it is heavier than normal or raises any concerns. The Rubino OB/GYN Group is investigating the use of menstrual cups to apply to gynecological observations and recommendations.
If you have any additional questions about the use of menstrual cups, please make an appointment with one of our doctors.
|Healthy Living: When Do You Need Antibiotics?|
Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, both in the United States and across the world. The main driving factors behind antibiotic resistance are the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Learn more below about when antibiotics are and are not needed for common infections, and the potential harm of using antibiotics.
Antibiotics will not work on a cold or flu
Colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not help fight viruses. For the overwhelming majority of common respiratory infections, antibiotics are not helpful.
Antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections such as:
- Colds or flu
- Most coughs and bronchitis
- Most sore throats
- Runny nose
Taking antibiotics for viral infections will not cure the infection, keep other individuals from catching the illness or help you feel better.
When you have a virus, antibiotics might do more harm than good.
- Taking antibiotics increases your risk of getting an antibiotic-resistant infection later.
- Antibiotics kill the healthy bacteria in the gut - allowing for more harmful bacteria to grow.
- Antibiotics cause 1 out of 5 ER visits for adverse drug events.
It's important to only take antibiotics for bacterial infections.
The article above was extracted from the Centers for Disease Control website.
| Health Republic Of NY Insurance To Close 12/1/15
To all patients with Health Republic of New York insurance, please note that the company is closing on 12/1/15. Patients with Health Republic of New York insurance will be able to keep any appointment with our offices until 11/30/15. After that date, patients will need to provide a new health insurance, effective 12/1/15, with a participating insurance company. If insurance is not available, they may become a self-pay patient and pay associated costs out-of-pocket.
Please note this does not affect Health Republic of New Jersey customers.
Health Republic of New York offers only Health Exchange or "Obamacare" health insurance policies.
Patients who have Health Republic of New York policies can call our office and reach either billing or insurance questions for assistance.
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.
|Office Announcements |
Flu Shots Now Available
Please note the available walk-in flu clinics in each office location in the article above.
New Phone System
We have incorporated a new, internet based advanced phone system into our practice. We apologize for any delays we go through the transition.
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.
The Rubino OB/GYN Group offers vitaMedMD™ in all 4 office locations. VitaMedMD offers patients high quality physician recommended products at an affordable price. Available products include Prenatal One, Menopause Relief and Iron 150.
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