Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

Treatment can reduce damage from asthma

Asthma is the most common chronic respiratory illness in the United States. It is also a condition for which there is sufficient evidence to support a standardized approach to treatment. For most,...

DATE: June 24, 2019 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

The challenge of the omnivore’s dilemma in the modern world

Humans are among the world’s few species that are omnivores. In 1976, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Paul Rozin coined the term, the omnivore’s dilemma, to describe the angst of deciding...

DATE: May 26, 2019 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Pain in your upper abdomen? It might be your gallbladder

A concerning and fairly common cause of abdominal pain is a problem with the gallbladder. The gallbladder is in the upper right part of the abdomen and is responsible for aiding digestion. Usually,...

DATE: April 28, 2019 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Regular screening can reduce risk from this common cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer among both men and women in the United States. Regular screening for colon cancer has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of illness and...

DATE: March 25, 2019 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Water just might cure what ails you

Let me ask you something. What is your relationship with water? Suppose I told you that water is fundamental to human health – perhaps in ways you do not yet recognize or acknowledge. Here in this...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2019 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Incremental change, environmental ‘nudges’ build new habits

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a month since the new year dawned. New beginnings – an opportunity for change. The only thing more germane to this January holiday than “Auld Lang Syne”...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Flu season arrives; it’s just the beginning

Perhaps you’ve heard of a lump of coal in the stocking on Christmas morning? Well, this unwelcome Christmas gift is worse. It’s not a visit from Scrooge. It’s not the Grinch. It’s influenza....

DATE: Dec. 23, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Flu vaccine is safe, effective protection for children

A recent University of Michigan poll indicated that one-third of parents are unlikely to get their children vaccinated for influenza this year. This is despite the fact that influenza vaccine is...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Social connections are key to your well-being

Maybe you may have heard of the Blue Zones – five regions of the world notable for the highest longevity, meaning that people live longer, on average, than anywhere else on Earth. These regions...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Depression is common, but there is effective treatment

Depression is one of the most significant public health problems facing our nation. From 1992 to 2002, according to the National Institutes of Health, the prevalence of depression rose from 3.3...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Obesity is a disease with far-reaching consequences

The relationship between excess weight and the risk of illness has been known since the time of the ancient Greeks. Yet, the epidemic of obesity experienced in the United States and other Western...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Breast milk is the best food for infants, plain and simple

Next week is World Breastfeeding Week. This topic has never been more timely than it is today. Scientific research continues to show a positive relationship between breastfeeding and infant and...

DATE: July 28, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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