Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Kids and adults: Both need the ‘OK’ before exercising?

It’s that time of year when children and adolescents are back in school and gearing up for athletic participation. For the last several weeks, local physicians’ offices have been busy with the...

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

Are hospitals really all that hospitable?

In the last decade, more attention has been paid to making hospitals cozier and homier: flowers and champagne for new mothers, age-appropriate wall-hangings and cartoon dolls for sick kids. Newer...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Baby boomers recommended for hepatitis C check

Infectious disease experts tell us there is a hidden epidemic of viral liver infections in the United States. The epidemic is hepatitis C, and millions of baby boomers likely have been infected for...

DATE: Aug. 19, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

That summer cold you have? It’s not uncommon

There are many diseases that follow seasonal patterns, especially infectious diseases. For many people, it is not common to associate infections with the summer season because we are all most...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Statins, and a not inconsequential cemetery stroll

My interest in the class of drugs known as “statins,” widely prescribed and used in the U.S. and abroad, began in a most unusual fashion. Last March, I was attacked by a wild turkey while walking...

DATE: July 29, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

It may not be too late to prevent Type 2 diabetes

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes mellitus continues to rise. Type 2 diabetes results from an impairment of the body’s system to...

DATE: July 22, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Beat the heat: Drink water and don’t overexert

The middle of July usually corresponds with the hottest time of the year in our area. While summer fun often involves adventures in the great outdoors, it is important to remember to take...

DATE: July 15, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

With smoke in air, take precautions for your health

Anyone who has been living in the Southwest understands the risks we face this summer from wildfires. Already, many know people whose homes are threatened locally because of extreme fire risk.From...

DATE: July 1, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Red pepper: Not just for Tex-Mex and Asian foods

Approaching a remote section of the emergency room, I was uncertain as to what I would encounter – something about two men pepper-sprayed and brought in by the police department. However, the...

DATE: June 24, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

A lesson for me and you on safe food preparation

Confession. I did something really stupid and I should have known better. It was a late dinner. I was cooking chicken on the outdoor grill in the dark and couldn’t see very well. I felt pretty sure...

DATE: June 17, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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