Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

To tattoo or not to tattoo: What are you going to do?

Tattooing is a custom that has existed for many millennia – it may have been practiced by cave dwellers. “Tattoo” derives from the Polynesian (specifically Tahitian) “tatau” or “tatu.” Naturalists...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Antibiotics: Time to get wise, if you haven’t yet

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promoted its educational campaign to “Get Smart About Antibiotics.” This topic has never been more timely: The problem of resistant...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Meth: Nothing but danger down this risky road

It’s not a lot of fun to think about the health consequences of illicit drug use, much less talk about it with your adolescent child. Yet illicit drug use poses a very real risk to American...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Cane lupo, a black dog on a black night in Italy

Decades ago, a just-graduated medical student had an unsettling experience. As he walked a dark, deserted street overlooking the sparkling lights of Florence, Italy, a dog appeared. Suddenly, the...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

It’s a tough job; caregivers deserve accolades

Given all the advanced medical technologies of our modern age, we expect that a medication or a medical procedure will be the most important part of the treatment plan for a given disease. You...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Palliative care eases suffering for many illnesses

Navigating the complex American health-care system can be challenging, especially if you are facing a severe illness. Many patients do not always know about their options for care. While advances...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Medicine cabinet deserves a long, hard look

Cold season is upon us. Perhaps it’s time to check out the ol’ medicine cabinet. Let’s start with the sick kiddos. I don’t think it’s coincidence that viral illness spikes around the start of...

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

Tests, meds give new hope in HIV/AIDS battle

According to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when it comes to HIV, perhaps the most important question is: “Do you know your test result?”Human immunodeficiency...

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

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