Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

What happens when you visit the diabetes doctor

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is among the most common and fastest growing chronic health conditions affecting adults in America. The good news is that, in recent years, the management of diabetes has...

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

A doctor’s advice: Don’t ignore anxiety disorders

Disorders of mood are among the most common chronic illnesses that affect human beings. In fact, depression, anxiety and related mood disorders in some estimates have a collective lifetime...

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

Take it from me: Wall is stronger than the hand

From last month’s column on skier’s thumb, I am moving to the other side of the hand and the subject of boxer’s fracture. Straightaway, I have never seen a boxer with a boxer’s fracture – probably...

DATE: March 27, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Intervention not only way to fight heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of disability and death in the United States. Nearly every family has been touched by this chronic illness. My own grandfather’s death from a heart attack served...

DATE: March 20, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Can you read this? You have someone to thank

Recently, the medical practice in which I work partnered with a national program called Reach Out and Read. This program promotes language and literacy skills among young children as well as...

DATE: March 6, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Skier’s thumb, how I reinvented the wheel

Just why is the invention of the wheel such a big deal? Perhaps it’s not. By itself, the wheel is useless; the true hero is the inventor of the axle. Axles without wheels or wheels without axles? I...

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

Healthy food portions: Learn from the mice

One of the most fundamental health decisions we make on a daily basis is what to eat. This decision is motivated by such diverse factors as survival instinct, knowledge about healthy diet, food...

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

Kidney stones: Try to avoid the unpleasantness

Don’t ask me. Ask the women who have experienced both. The saying goes that the pain from passing kidney stones is worse than childbirth. Yet the passage of kidney stones is a relatively common...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Is it carbon monoxide again? Maybe, maybe not

It is the old tip-of-the-iceberg thing: For the 1,000 or more annual deaths in the U.S. from carbon monoxide poisoning, it is estimated that there are 40,000 nonfatal exposures. The latter are...

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

It’s not easy to stand up to plantar fasciitis

If, like me, you spend a fair amount of time on your feet, then perhaps you have firsthand knowledge about the pain of plantar fasciitis. If so, you’re not alone. According to the American...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Fluid intake crucial with gastroenteritis

Nobody likes to get sick – least of all me. Yet recently, I found myself stuck in bed for three days, too sick to move. It was a stomach bug, and in my bed-bound misery, I had plenty of time to...

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

A no-brainer: Always wear a safety helmet

I hate to follow “Ho! Ho! Ho!” with a “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” but if your Christmas morning was anything like mine, then the kids’ recreational items were not accompanied by the necessary safety...

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

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