Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Asthma sufferers may have harder time in the fall

Asthma is the leading cause of chronic lung disease among children and young adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 11 U.S. children suffers from this...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

No flu now, but don’t wait long to get the vaccine

October is the typical start to the flu virus season. Fortunately, most cases of flu can be effectively prevented through vaccination and healthful hygiene practices. Seasonal influenza is a fall...

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

When is plague not the plague? Doctor finds out

Prominent in late August and early September’s news was the case of plague in a child from Pagosa Springs. Plague is considered “sporadic” in the Southwest, with the United States averaging fewer...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Making a strong, plaintive case for preventive care

“Dear Doctor – Please don’t let my daddy die.” It was perhaps the most profoundly sorrowful moment of my early medical career. I was a young intern, recently minted as a medical school graduate,...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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