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More than 9 million women in the United States are diagnosed with an STI each year. Women often have more serious health problems from STIs than men, including infertility.
Happy and healthy new year to all!

In this issue of our newsletter, we share what seems to be a miracle baby hold that can stop your baby from crying. We also discuss the rise in STIs and outline the more common ones and recommended exams. In our Healthy Living section, we bust two common food myths. We provide information on Horizon Omnia Health Plans for 2016 and remind everyone our walk-in flu clinics continue until supplies last. And, you'll find a new interesting "Medical Fact". 

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'The Hold' Moveholdmove
Following is a recent article from Yahoo Parenting, written by Jennifer O'Neill:

When a newborn baby is wailing, every second can feel like hours - which is perhaps why a new YouTube video demonstrating how to soothe upset infants in seconds has become a viral must-watch. 

Since Robert Hamilton, MD, of Pacific Ocean Pediatrics, posted his how-to "A pediatrician shows you how to calm a crying baby" on YouTube, the four-minute video has become a screaming hit with more than 6.3 million views. 

Offering a demonstration of the maneuver that he calls "the Hold," on a baby upset about a shot he'd just received, the Santa Monica, Calif., physician walks viewers through the steps and swears "you can see that he comforts pretty quickly really." 

The actual moves Hamilton shows in the video (which he says work best on 2- and 3-month-old babies) are hardly revolutionary, though. He spells out a four-step process in which he advocates folding a baby's arms together in front of the child's chest, supporting the infant's rear with your dominant hand, and tilting the tot forward at a 45-degree angle. Then "you can shake their booty, and generally by doing this the child will quiet down," he says, adding, "Everything you do is very gentle. You don't want to do jerky motions, ever." A bonus move? "Sometimes we stir him to the left, sometimes we stir him to the right." 

For the full article and video, click here.
According to the CDC, there has been an rise in STD's, now more often referred greyscale-dr-advice.jpg to as STIs, sexually transmitted infections, much of it relating to the new culture of dating. Regular screenings with your gynecologist are very important and even more critical if you are experiencing symptoms such as abnormal discharge, foul odors, bumps, itchiness or any changes that you can not identify. Some of the more common vaginal diagnosis include:

Yeast infection
A yeast infection is an infection (not an STI) of the vagina caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida. It is very common and most women will experience at least one in their lifetime. A man can get a yeast infection from a woman which is why it is recommended not to have intercourse when you have one.

According to the CDC, chlamydia "is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb)."

Now considered a "superbug", gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can infect both men and women and cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24 years, and can be cleared with medication prescribed from your doctor.

Commonly referred to as "trich", trichomoniasis is another very common STI that is caused by infection with a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Although symptoms of the disease vary, most women and men who have the parasite cannot tell they are infected. Trich is the most common and curable STI.

Genital Herpes
Herpes is a common STI that any sexually active person can experience. It is caused by two types of viruses. The viruses are called herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. There is no cure for herpes but there are medicines that can prevent or shorten outbreaks.

Syphilis is divided into stages (primary, secondary, latent and late) and can cause long-term complications if not treated correctly. It is contracted through sores from a sexual partner. It can be spread from a mother to unborn baby.

The following sexually transmitted viruses show few to no symptoms and currently have no cure:
HPV/Genital Warts
HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection, can be prevented with a vaccination for boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 12. 90% of genital warts are caused by HPV. They can appear as skin-colored and raised or cauliflower-shaped. Not everyone who has HPV gets genital warts. 

Hepatitis B
According to the CDC, " Hepatitis B is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and transmitted when blood, semen, or another body fluid from a person infected with the Hepatitis B virus enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through sexual contact; sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment; or from mother to baby at birth. For some people, hepatitis B is an acute, or short-term, illness but for others, it can become a long-term, chronic infection. Risk for chronic infection is related to age at infection: approximately 90% of infected infants become chronically infected, compared with 2%-6% of adults. Chronic Hepatitis B can lead to serious health issues, like cirrhosis or liver cancer. The best way to prevent Hepatitis B is by getting vaccinate."
HIV is an incurable virus which can lead to AIDS, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It may take up to 6 months to show up in a blood test. There are current treatments that can suppress the symptoms and a vaccine is in development.

When should I schedule regular screenings?
Married or monogamous with one sexual partner
According to the CDC, it is recommended you have an annual check-up and Pap smear every three years.  During this testing, you can request a screen for HPV or an STI (sexually transmitted infection) test if you are recently with a new partner.

If you are single and sexually active
It's important to be honest with your gyno on your sexual activity. It may require you coming in for testing 2 or more times a year. During your exam, standard tests will be administered.

If you are pregnant
It is possible to transfer STIs during your pregnancy or delivery. During your first trimester appointment standard tests will be administered.

Source: The CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Healthy Living: Two Myths Bustedhealthyliving
Myth #1: Eating Low Carb Is Good For You
The popular conception of "carbs make you fat" has perpetuated the masses to continue to cut carbs. However, all grains are not created equal.

Processed high glycemic carbs can make you put on weight...and when you reduce these carbs in your diet, you may notice how quickly the weight falls off. However, "when carbs are stored in the body in the form of glycogen, each gram of carbohydrate stores three to four times its weight in water," says dietitian and strength coach Marie Spano, R.D., C.S.C.S. So as soon as you cut carbs and start using your glycogen stores, you'll lose a good amount of water weight. 
And, these refined carbs send your blood-sugar levels soaring, only to set you up for a big crash.
Carbs are actually our main source of energy and when you cut down on the good carbs, the brain lacks fuel and starts to rely on other sources in your body. This can make you feel tired, weak, dizzy and foggy.

Eating proper fiber-rich whole grains can have a very beneficial effect by keeping blood-sugar levels steady and preventing cravings. 

The type of grains you eat make a big difference. According to the American Heart Association, fiber-rich whole grains can improve blood-cholesterol levels and lower risk of heart disease, stroke, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. They are also a great source of iron, magnesium, and B vitamins, all of which are critical in maintaining energy levels.

Carbohydrates are our main energy source. Cutting too many carbs will cause a distinct drop in energy. Ingesting the right carbs are actually beneficial and should be an important part of your diet.

Myth #2: Eating Fat Makes You Fat
Similar to the point made above in reference to carbs, the right fats can actually help you maintain a healthy body and healthy weight.

Back in the 80's there was a big craze toward low-fat/no-fat foods which led people to be afraid of eating fat. However, lately there has been much more clarity on the effects of eating fat.  It's the kind of fat you eat that determines the health benefits. Fat supplies essential fatty acids like linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, which your body is incapable of producing so it must derive them from food. It also helps with brain development, good skin & hair, strong eyesight and a strong heart.

Trans-fat, Omega 6 and some saturated fats are the ones to avoid.

Unsaturated fats -- monounsaturated and polyunsaturated -- should be the dominant type of fat in a balanced diet, because they reduce the risk of clogged arteries. This includes Omega 3's.
3 Easy Ways to Avoid Bad Fats
1. Avoid packaged foods when possible. Instead, choose whole foods, or foods you make at home. For example, you can make your own macaroni and cheese from scratch, or your own flavored rice mixes.
2. Eat lean sources of protein, low-fat dairy foods, whole grains, legumes -- such as garbanzo beans and black beans -- and fruits and vegetables.
3. Use healthy oils such as olive, canola, and sunflower oil, and small amounts of butter and margarine for cooking and flavoring foods.

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Horizon introduces Omnia Health Plans for 2016
Horizon has introduced a new line of health exchange insurance products called Omnia.  The Rubino OBGYN Group will be participating in the Horizon Omnia plans at the Tier 1 level.

If you have any questions regarding the Horizon Omnia plans please contact Horizon directly or visit

Overall Insurance Coverage
For your convenience, we accept most insurance plans including the union locals, with the exception of Medicaid, any of the New Jersey Family Care Medical policies, Tricare, US Family, and Wellcare.
We accept all Oxford plans except  Compass, Core, Core Essential and Garden State and all Aetna plans except Aexcel (but Aexcel Plus is accepted).
We participate in the Horizon Omnia plans at the Tier 1 level.
If you have any questions regarding the Horizon Omnia plans please contact Horizon directly or visit
It is always best to check with us prior to your visit if you are unsure regarding The Rubino OB/GYN Group's participation with your policy.
Walk-In Flu Clinics Continuefluclinic
We are continuing our walk-in flu shots for all patients.
on the following days in the following offices.
West Orange:
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.

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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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Flu Shots Continue
Please note the available walk-in flu clinics in each office location in the article above.

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