Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

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

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