Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Don’t get sick at your next summer picnic

It’s one of the most unpleasant feelings you can imagine – getting a stomach bug. Yet gastroenteritis is quite common and, more importantly, highly preventable. At a time of year when families and...

DATE: June 30, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Combating opioid epidemic requires numerous efforts

There is an epidemic of opioid misuse in the United States. While the causes are multifactorial, the results have been devastating to individuals, families and communities throughout the country. ...

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

Dietary changes, exercise can control irritable bowel syndrome

Perhaps you are among the 10 to 15 percent of U.S. adults who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, which is a leading cause of gastrointestinal distress. IBS is a chronic condition characterized...

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

This trinity spells trouble for our health

Something profound recently occurred to me. As I have been contemplating the collective experiences of a career in primary care medicine, I became aware of the fact that much of my work has been...

DATE: March 31, 2018 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Snoring tied to sleep apnea, which can stress the heart

Do you know someone who snores loudly? Snoring can be attributed to many causes but is a symptom that should alert patients and those who love them to the possibility of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea...

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

Teens who smoke marijuana may suffer long-lasting harm

Mary Jane, weed, herb, gonj, MJ, reefer, la la, dube, bud, doja. OK, now that I’ve got your attention, it’s time to talk about something important. I don’t get to title my articles, but if I did,...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2017 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Revised guidelines sound alarm over high blood pressure

New battle lines have just been drawn in the decades-old public health fight against the leading cause of death and disability in the United States: heart disease. This month, the American Heart...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2017 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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