Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

Have your colon checked to ensure cancer prevention

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer refers to cancer of the large intestine and rectum. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, each year in...

DATE: March 18, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

From 1740 to now, changes for better in life support

I recently had the opportunity to refresh my skills in basic life support – known as CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Health-care providers recertify in this program of emergency care every...

DATE: March 4, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Anencephaly: A devastating abnormality

Anencephaly, a severe congenital (birth) defect, occurs in about 1 in 3,000 pregnancies. Above the eyebrows and ears, there is no hair, scalp or brain. Only the brainstem, which controls heart rate...

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

The attempt to save 1 million hearts in the U.S.

How’s your heart? Here’s your chance to be 1 in a million. February is American Heart Month, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with government and public...

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

Bipolar disorder: It can be serious, but there’s hope

Everyone has ups and downs in their moods. Yet, for those suffering from bipolar disorder, mood swings can be severely disruptive to work, relationships and life in general.According to the...

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

There’s more in that apple juice than just fruit

It took me several years to discover in early spring who was skiing the steep, narrow slides slightly north and east of Rico – one track per slide. I quizzed the perpetrator: “How?” His answer: “I...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Mothers should always prepare for healthy pregnancy

All you need to know when planning pregnancy is the facts of life, right? Well, maybe not. Not to make something simple seem complex, but when it comes to the health of mother and baby, a little...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Youth sexting: Parents should keep an eye on it

The ink was barely dry from my December article about child sexual abuse when I received my January 2012 edition of the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.The first two articles address...

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

Get head start on winter sports brain protection

As my family prepares to hit the slopes this ski season, one of the foremost safety issues on my mind is proper head protection. My kids were chuckling recently as I rooted through garage boxes...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2012 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Best of times, worst of times, just like Dickens

Dec. 24, 1990, began the worst Christmas and the best Christmas ever. Having moved to the Four Corners the previous month, we spent the holidays in Rico. As my older daughter and I headed out that...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Sexual abuse of children needs public’s attention

Nobody ever said parenting was supposed to be easy. Nevertheless, some topics are more difficult to address with children than others. Recent news reports have highlighted the topic of child sexual...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Diabetes and the holidays – can be tricky mix for some

People with diabetes mellitus often tell me that one of the greatest challenges is managing diabetes during the holidays. For those facing this struggle, I’d like to share some tips prepared by the...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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