Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

In remarkable year, medical science rises to test of fighting COVID-19

January is a time for new starts and resolutions. But like other beginnings, the first month of the year for many is a time for reflection on the year past and any lessons it may have to teach us. ...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2021 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Groundwork behind COVID-19 vaccines allowed for quick launch

As we approach the end of 2020, I think that we can all agree that this year has been a challenge on many levels. The COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions and resulted in the deaths of hundreds...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2020 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Colder months increase importance of public health measures

Winter is coming. In the early spring of 1918, the United States was mobilizing for World War I. Young men traveled from their hometowns to military training camps. But a new threat, essentially...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2020 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Rigorous process guides development of COVID-19 vaccines

It is becoming increasingly clear that a COVID-19 vaccine will not likely be widely available this year. Public health experts are also uniform in their guidance that a vaccine or vaccines for...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2020 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Simple, crucial ways to curb spread of virus

There has been some recent discussion about routes of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. While it has long been acknowledged that this coronavirus spreads through...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2020 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Getting a flu shot is especially crucial this year

In a normal year, around this time I begin preparing for influenza season by recommending vaccination. In a normal year, I reflect on the decades-long proven safety of the flu vaccine. In a normal...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2020 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Serious illness in children linked to coronavirus infection

The novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2, which is responsible for COVID-19 disease, causes a broad range of health effects. Because of the newness of the virus and the disease, medical science...

DATE: July 26, 2020 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Chronic, acute health issues have not disappeared

As a primary care physician, there is one thing lately that concerns me even more than COVID-19: important health issues that are being ignored because of COVID-19. High blood pressure, diabetes...

DATE: June 28, 2020 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Health care careers offer many rewards

This month and especially this weekend were to have been a time for celebration for our graduates. To the class of 2020, congratulations on the accomplishment of completing your studies! As a...

DATE: May 24, 2020 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

For victims of domestic violence, help is available

We are all struggling with the new challenges of dealing with a coronavirus pandemic. Yet not all are equally impacted. With the focus on a viral infection, it is easy to lose sight of other...

DATE: April 26, 2020 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Despite physical distancing, we don’t have to be socially isolated during outbreak

If you are like me, you are being bombarded with information from every corner about the coronavirus, which is also referred to as COVID-19. I wanted to take the opportunity to summarize some...

DATE: March 29, 2020 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Recognize, then challenge, thinking traps to lead a more joyful life

A colleague once shared with me the observation that much of the health-related suffering humans experience originates between the ears. A complete understanding of the various factors influencing...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2020 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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