Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

Odorless gas is tasteless and insidious

About 35 years ago, I answered a call for a man in his 70s with a possible stroke. I was told he had high blood pressure and had a previous transient ischemic attack, both stroke risk factors....

DATE: Nov. 28, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Healthy diet: Could grandma have eaten it?

Let’s face it – the holiday season can be very tough on our diets. Beginning with the mountain of Halloween candies, extending through turkey day and followed by all those Christmas cookies,...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Migraine sufferers aren’t alone in pain

Migraine is the second-leading cause of chronic headaches (after tension headaches) in the United States and is the leading cause of moderate to severe chronic headaches. Statistics indicate that...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Great American Smokeout to be held Nov. 18

This year, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Nov. 18. This event, celebrating its 35th anniversary, promotes efforts to help smokers kick the habit.Recent statistics from the...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

When the lights go out, it’s time for caution

Back in my “middle” years as an emergency room doctor, I worked at a hospital that had a motorcycle racetrack nearby – with nationally sanctioned races on summer weekends. Hospital management had...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Secrecy makes eating disorders hard to assess

There is a serious health problem affecting young women in the United States. The problem has many faces and is collectively known as eating disorders.Because of the characteristic secrecy and...

DATE: Oct. 3, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

When lightning strikes, a doctor might be needed

When summer thunderstorms are working, there’s a whole lot of booming going on in the Four Corners – and lightning. Lightning shows can be spectacular: millions of volts and thousands of amperes...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Back up files to prepare for Windows 7

If Windows 7 lives up to advance billing, it'll do everything but wash your dishes at night. Based on my own tests of early versions of the new Windows and on what I have read, it is faster, does...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Conditioning can prevent sports injuries

Today, students' and parents' attention returns to the routine of school and its many related activities, including athletics programs.About 30 million U.S. children between the ages of 5 and 14...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Avoid back pain by practicing healthy habits

Low back pain is a common problem leading people to seek medical care. Many Americans suffer from this chronic and potentially disabling condition. Yet many of the risk factors for low back pain...

DATE: Aug. 15, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Old medications can create new problems

Pack rats are small rodents with a reputation for saving nearly everything they can get their paws on. Across the span of generations, little critters and their progeny can build nests laden with...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Intervention saves mentally ill a trip to jail

Thirty-one years ago, I was in a small-town jail cell in southeastern Alaska. The town of about 1,400 hosted six bars. I was there at police request. Seated opposite me was a young man: anxious,...

DATE: July 25, 2010 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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