Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Healthy habits can be a shield against disease

It has been said that human beings are creatures of habit. Of course, this applies as equally to bad habits as to good ones. As it turns out, much of our health is dependent upon our habits, and...

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

We are seeing a resurgence in vaccine-preventable diseases

I was recently chatting with an older colleague about how I have had the benefit to work at a time and place where certain vaccine preventable illnesses are not commonplace. I’m a mid-career...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2019 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

The health paradox of our holiday season

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. So goes the beginning of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Tale of Two Cities.” From the perspective of our health, much the same could be said of...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2019 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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