Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

Get out and have fun this summer, but do it safely

Summertime brings it’s own health opportunities and challenges. Make plans for a healthier summer with these suggestions. Summer means a break from school for the kids and the hectic routines of...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Adverse effects of high blood pressure accumulate over time

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is commonly referred to as “the silent killer.” This common chronic illness often does not produce early symptoms. Yet, the effects of high blood...

DATE: May 25, 2017 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Diet, exercise can prevent nation’s leading killer

This epidemic started in the developing world and has now spread to become among the leading causes of death worldwide. It is the epidemic of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease, stroke and...

DATE: April 20, 2017 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Spot Type 2 diabetes symptoms early to control disease

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is among the most common chronic diseases in the United States. Unfortunately, it is becoming more common. Type 2 diabetes mellitus refers to a condition in which the body...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Fluoride in public water systems improves health

The summer after my first year of medical school, I spent time working with a community dentist who was the first to teach me the association between oral health and systemic disease. For...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | COLUMN: 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

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