Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Medical foresight can help ease one’s final days

Death is a subject that most of us prefer to avoid. However, death is no longer a simple matter. Life-sustaining medical technology can keep almost anyone alive, whatever “alive” is. Medical...

DATE: July 24, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Vaccines for kids: What’s needed for school year

For the kids’ sake, I hate to bring up the fact that summer will soon be drawing to a close. While it may not yet feel like it, the next academic year is just around the corner, so physician...

DATE: July 17, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Food for thought, on Fourth of July: Cook safely

If you are like me, on the Fourth of July, you are probably prepping a picnic dinner for this evening to take downtown and enjoy the fireworks. Or perhaps you are having friends over for a barbecue...

DATE: July 3, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Why the ER staff hates drive-ups and drop-offs

Emergency medical personnel not only stabilize and transport trauma victims to emergency rooms, but they also communicate essential information: mechanism of injuries, mental status, vital signs,...

DATE: June 26, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Once a huge killer, cervical cancer still lurks

The story of cervical cancer in the United States is one of significant but incomplete success. Midway through the 20th century, cervical cancer killed more women in the U.S. than any other...

DATE: June 19, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Summer fun fully reliant on water safety

School vacation and summer weather entice us to enjoy the great outdoors. This is good for our health in many ways. Respiratory viral illnesses that thrive on close indoor contact become less of a...

DATE: June 5, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Easing dislocated shoulders can be ram-tough

Our family raised sheep way back before “sustainability” was a buzzword. Living rurally, we did the whole thing, from lambs to lamb chops, sheared wool for the wool pool. Our flock’s prince was...

DATE: May 29, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Health-care radiation: How big a problem?

With advancing medical technologies, health-care decisions are becoming more and more confusing for the general public. Patients need to take a proactive role in informing themselves about their...

DATE: May 22, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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