Hands-on Fathering Pays Off for the Kids

Have you noticed the number of movies and sit-coms that consistently portray men as oafs or barely useful for anything significant? The Barbie movie hammered home the latter. You might think it odd to post about fathering on the Paragon Orthopedic Center website, but recent research about this subject is worthy of noting. A major study done in Japan of over 28,000 children showed there is a significant impact on a child’s well-being when the father is involved in the rearing of children. A few of the measurable, positive impacts were better gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, and social skills than those whose fathers were not involved. “The risk of a developmental delay in children with highly involved fathers was 24% lower,” according to the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Tsuguhiko Kato. Paragon Orthopedic Center has a group of physicians who are highly involved in the rearing of their children, and you are likely to see them in public attending or even leading various kid-centered activities. We encourage all of the fathers of Southern Oregon to become more hands-on to give your children the best chances for success in life. Here is a summary in the Wall Street Journal:

The Long-Term Benefits of Hands-On Fathering (msn.com)

Patient Portals & Medical Test Results: a Potential for Confusion

Just 20 years ago, you had to wait on your physician’s call to hear the results of medical tests, but since the beginning of this century, healthcare facilities have rolled out private patient portals that allow you to view your results as soon as they are entered into the system. That’s the good news. The downside is that patients sometimes view results before the physician can, and patients sometimes become distressed by what they think they are reading. Paragon Orthopedic Center has experienced this with MRI’s and CT scans. It’s rare, but sometimes our physicians find something that was never expected in these tests, and for a patient to discover this information alone, it can cause great anxiety. It is good to remember that reading the results with your physician can help you interpret the results in context. Physicians they can see trends and use their knowledge to help you pay attention to the important results, not focusing on something that might appear significant, but truly is not.

The Wall Street Journal covered this recently and is a good examination of the issue, as well as what you can do. Read more here:

You’re Seeing Medical Test Results Before Your Doctor Does. Why? (msn.com)

September Celebration!

Happy birthday to Jacob and Gavin! We celebrated with a seasonal caramel apple cake at Paragon Orthopedic Center today. Please give them your happiest birthday regards if you see them in the clinic. The staff at Paragon wishes the best for these two outstanding human beings all month long! Woo hoo!

Retirement Party for Tammy

Paragon Orthopedic Center is losing one of the OG’s of the clinic. After almost 25 years working in the medical field, Tammy has decided to enjoy life outside of work full-time. We sincerely wish her all the best in her endeavors. She will be very, very missed around here. Good luck Tammy!