Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Quartz dust and silicosis: Still here, still deadly

Whenever I see concrete paving, blocks, bricks or stone being grooved or sawed, two observations hit me. The first is the obvious noise the saws generate and the hearing loss that can result from...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Big or small? Diet choices up to you

The relationship between diet and health is well-established and impacts a broad variety of diseases. In many respects, dietary choices are among the most fundamental daily decisions that we make...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

The medical lowdown on high altitude

As my 9-year-old daughter and I prepare for our third ascent of a local fourteener, I’ve been thinking about the potential adverse health effects of high altitude. The high-altitude environment...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Pets are good, but some may pose health risks

When you think of your pet, you don’t often think of your own health at the same time. Yet whether it’s Fido or Sylvester, that little furry critter snuggling next to you in bed can impact your...

DATE: July 31, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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