Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Influenza: You know when it hits hard and quick

As you probably have heard, we are in the middle of the most severe seasonal influenza epidemic in almost a decade. Perhaps you are wondering if there is anything that you can and should do about...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

When you don’t use legs, it can be pain in the back

I attended a conference recently where the presenter began with a quip. He said, “You know you’re getting old when you strain your back in your sleep.” His joke highlights an unfortunately common...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Anecdotes from practice: Nothing less, nothing more

In the last five years, readers of this column have been subjected to a variety of medical subjects, mostly serious, covering a variety of illnesses, diseases and traumas. For the holiday season, I...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Watch your speed, wear a seat-belt and stay alive

It wasn’t until several years after starting my medical training that I began to think of driving as a health issue. I was rotating on the surgical trauma team of a major metropolitan hospital....

DATE: Dec. 16, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Youths take note: A reminder to not forget about HIV

Saturday was World AIDS Day, a World Health Organization event designed to raise awareness about the ongoing world pandemic of HIV infection. This year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Seeing through the haze of Amendment 64

With the passage of Colorado’s Amendment 64 only a few weeks in the rearview mirror, follow-up media commentary appears to be sparse. I have often remarked that I have never seen anyone enter the...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

How you can help someone talking about suicide

Some time ago, I was meeting with a middle-aged father who tearfully related to me the circumstances of his daughter’s death. She was an accomplished, aspiring teenager who committed suicide.In his...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

This quiet killer could get loose in your home

“Sir, we have invented a device that creates a tasteless odorless invisible gas with the capacity to kill every person in the building while they sleep.” This may sound like the line from an...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Safe to drive for 94-year-old man? A difficult answer

Twenty-plus years ago, my wife and I had just completed a rehab of an old 1,300-square-foot house back East. She had found a tenant, a 94-year-old man, soon to move in, but to leave for Florida for...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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