Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

Kids courting serious trouble when they huff

School is well underway, so here’s a pop quiz – for you parents. What is most commonly the first drug of abuse among children and adolescents. Alcohol? Not quite. Marijuana? Think again. If you...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

In Colorado, Lyme disease is not a scourge

My family enjoyed many summers in north-central New Hampshire. The evening routine included body inspections on us kids for the presence of ticks. The family dog was scrutinized as well – ticks...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

School is starting, so remember good hygiene

In many ways, the return of school children to the classroom kicks off the unofficial start to the cold and flu season. While there are many variables unrelated to reading, writing and arithmetic,...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

HPV vaccine a safe way to prevent cancer

Cancer research has come a long way in recent years. For some researchers, the “holy grail” is a vaccine to prevent cancer. Imagine that you could create a safe, effective vaccine to protect...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Pain keeps us alive and helps doctors diagnose

Pain is a condition familiar to all and in no need of definition. Pain sensation is one sensory perception experienced through our nervous system. Others are touch, vibration, proprioception (or...

DATE: July 28, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Risks, benefits of medication must be weighed

Patients commonly come to me with their “bag of pills” wondering what they are all about. The fact is that medications as a form of treatment can be confusing for many people. This is...

DATE: July 21, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Playing it safe at your child’s playground

I was at the park recently with my friend, The Safety Geek. The kids were taking advantage of the new playground equipment. The Safety Geek was pointing out some of the safety features of the...

DATE: July 14, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Primary-care physicians are in demand

This time of year, recent high school graduates are shopping for supplies, packing their bags and perusing brochures and course listings from their selected college or university. Freshman...

DATE: June 30, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Distraction from pain can help or hurt

A dictionary definition of “distraction” is the “act of distracting or the condition of being distracted.” It appears that distraction is active or passive. Pain distraction or distracting pain is...

DATE: June 23, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Diabetics must be vigilant in caring for their feet

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is one of the leading chronic health conditions among adults in the United States. It results from developing resistance in the body’s tissues to the effects of insulin....

DATE: June 16, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Cervical cancer screening – how often is it needed?

I find that there is considerable confusion these days about cervical cancer screening. I hear many questions about when to start Pap smear testing, how often to have a Pap smear, and at what age...

DATE: June 2, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Not much alcohol is needed to be in fatal car accident

I vividly remember an emergency room encounter in summer 1980. Imagine four lanes of a main street, plus two parking lanes – a total of six. One early a.m., there was zero traffic, save one...

DATE: May 26, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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