Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Safety Geek not much fun, but it’s time for a visit

I paid a visit to my old friend, The Safety Geek, a couple of weeks ago. He was very busy working through his “honey do” list for Mother’s Day. The Safety Geek was feeling a little overwhelmed. He...

DATE: May 18, 2013 | COLUMN: 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

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