Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Summer safety: Kids, pay heed – adults, you too

Hello-o-o summer! With school out and Memorial Day behind us, the summer season has begun. If you are like me, that means fun in the sun and lots of water activities. With the kiddos in tow, don’t...

DATE: June 3, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Rattlesnake buzz is not a sound that most forget

There is little question that rattlesnakes exist in the vicinity of Durango. According to our local Parks and Wildlife, a rattlesnake sighting at the dog park occurred 10 days before this...

DATE: May 27, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Let’s dispel some myths about organ donation

The bumper sticker on the car in front of me read, “Don’t take your organs to heaven – heaven knows we need them here.” It got me thinking about my college roommate, who was a kidney transplant...

DATE: May 20, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Melanoma: A killer to avoid with great care

You’ve probably heard of bloody Sunday, wacky Wednesday and “thank goodness, it’s Friday.” Well, today is Melanoma Monday. I realize that this may not sound good for the start of your work week,...

DATE: May 6, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

If you’re in pain and have rash, it may be shingles

Pain, like beauty, is sometimes only skin deep. One example is a patient of “middle age,” who entered the emergency room with abdominal pain. Holding her right upper (abdominal) quadrant just below...

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

Not staying active in the sky can cause blood clot

When I was in residency training, I was surprised one day to learn that one of my teachers, a young, healthy pediatrician, had been hospitalized after his vacation to California. It turned out he...

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

Month of April sheds light on abuse of children

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. According to the federal government’s Administration for Children and Families, in 2009, more than 3 million children were reported as potential victims of...

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

Rate of autism rising, but many asking, ‘Why?’

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released an updated report about the prevalence of autistic-spectrum disorders. The report, from the federally funded Autism and Developmental...

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

Snowboarding: Human body no match for gravity

My career in snowboarding was very brief. Giving it a try more than a few years ago, I found it trying. I thought it a good idea to take lessons, despite the common wisdom suggesting a shorter...

DATE: March 25, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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