Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

Vaccinations are crucial to global public health

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Sometimes, old-style wisdom has a way of grounding our contemporary logic. This aphorism is no less true for matters of health than for any other...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Suicide is a real problem with real solutions. Resources can help

Mood disorders are among the most common chronic health conditions affecting human beings. According to the National Institutes of Health, in the United States, more than 16 million adults and...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Report reveals alarming scope of substance abuse in U.S.

The U.S. Surgeon General recently published a landmark report on alcohol, drugs and health. According to the report, almost 21 million people in America have a substance use disorder involving...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2016 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

When lower back pain strikes, rest is your friend

A friend of mine once reflected that you know you’re getting old when you hurt yourself in your sleep. He was talking about waking up with a sore back. Low back pain is one of the leading health...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2016 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Hands-only CPR can save lives: Are you ready?

Imagine you witness an adult suddenly collapse, become unresponsive and stop breathing. What would you do? Do you know cardio-pulmonary resuscitation? Do you feel comfortable enough with your...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2016 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

These 5 factors combine to influence your health

As a primary care physician for almost 20 years, I have been humbled by the privilege of being part of the lives of so many. This experience has given me an opportunity to observe and reflect on...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2016 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Taking 5 or more medications? It may be time to de-prescribe

Dr. Benjamin Franklin mused that, “the best doctor gives the least medicines.” Some 200-plus years later, his words still ring true. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s...

DATE: July 27, 2016 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Early diagnosis of diabetes can limit its damage

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is one of the most common chronic health conditions among adults in the United States. The hallmark of this disease is resistance to insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced...

DATE: June 29, 2016 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Taking multiple prescriptions? Time for a checkup

You can probably remember your last checkup, but when was the last time your medications had a checkup? Not quite sure about that? Let me explain. When was the last time you gathered all of your...

DATE: May 25, 2016 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Bone health can benefit from simple, healthy habits

How often do you think about your bones? Perhaps, if you are a man or woman of a certain age, your bones get your attention by aching or creaking on a regular basis. Rather, I really should ask,...

DATE: April 27, 2016 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Therapy can ease anguish of anxiety disorders

It would seem that our ancestors, by virtue of their survival during more dangerous times, passed on to modern humans the predisposition for worry. Taken together, anxiety disorders are the...

DATE: March 23, 2016 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

For young kids, cold medicines are a no-no

Anyone who has ever parented a small child is familiar with caring for a sick kid, especially this time of year. If you think hungry and tired make for a cranky toddler, then try adding cold...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2016 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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