Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

Sometimes the thyroid does too much, or too little

Disorders of the thyroid gland are among the most common hormonal disorders which cause disease. The thyroid is a gland located in the front of the neck made up of soft tissue which produces...

DATE: May 5, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

This juice may be hazardous to your health, well-being

Emergency responders encounter one quintessential fact: the unpredictability of problems they encounter. Most often, all they may know is that someone needs help. Such was the case when our...

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

Plantar fasciitis issues? Think about Achilles

On a recent spring break trip to Disney World in Florida, my kids enjoyed a new Chevrolet Test Track ride at Epcot. Having spent many years in Florida as a kid myself, I was reminded of the old...

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

Hear this: Protect your hearing while you can

Imagine a hike in the beautiful Colorado backcountry with no sound. That’s right – no music, no podcasts, not even ordinary conversation with a friend. Would you be able to distinguish the natural...

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

Avoiding falls: For elderly, it’s a serious challenge

We all face new health challenges as we age. One important health concern among the elderly is the risk of injury from falls. This risk results from many variables, including acute and chronic...

DATE: March 31, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

When only paper bags work and plastic won’t do

This tale began somewhere above 30,000 feet soon after leveling off and heading east – a cabin attendant requested assistance from any physician aboard. This was totally out of the blue, so to...

DATE: March 24, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Resistant to antibiotics, MRSA no fun to have

The chart said the patient’s problem today was a painful spider bite. It seemed a little unlikely to me, because I don’t see too many of the creepy critters in mid-January, but I agreed to take a...

DATE: March 17, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Folic acid more vital for fetus than we realized?

Perhaps you heard recently of a study linking folic acid supplementation and a reduction in the risk of autism. While this is just a preliminary study, if future research confirms the link, it will...

DATE: March 3, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

‘Knife Man’ was the father of scientific surgery

One of a medical students’ first encounters is with a deceased person, a cadaver. Because a thorough knowledge of human anatomy is fundamental for the practice of medicine, anatomy instruction and...

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

A clean mind and body create good sleep hygiene

Sleep is an essential part of living and one that is often taken for granted. The average person spends well more than one-third of his or her life sleeping. However, sleep is essential to normal...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

The dreaded norovirus – so easy to hand off

The alarm went off at 7 a.m. the morning my wife and I were leaving for Hawaii some years ago – but I was already awake. I had been hit early in the evening with severe nausea and stomach cramps....

DATE: Feb. 3, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Preserving a life can be as easy as two fingers

Facetiously, a friend of ours is wont to say: “Mother Nature is beautiful, but we can improve on her.” Similarly, the obstetrical complication of umbilical cord prolapse, an accident of nature,...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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