Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

We need our young people to pursue medicine

I recently had the pleasure of attending both the San Juan Basin regional science fair and the Colorado state science and engineering fair. Before you ask what this has to do with health, let me...

DATE: April 19, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

If you smoke pot, there are consequences

Four percent of the world’s population has used marijuana in a given year, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, the lifetime prevalence of marijuana use is 42 to 46...

DATE: April 5, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Prohibition’s unintended consequences

Despite its title, The Poisoner’s Handbook, by Deborah Blum, is not a how-to-do-it manual for getting rid of an enemy, spouse or wealthy relative. Instead, it documents New York City’s common...

DATE: March 29, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Abdominal pain gives doctors a headache

One of the most common and most challenging symptoms resulting in medical evaluation is abdominal pain. The range of potential causes is quite broad and is the subject of many texts designed to...

DATE: March 22, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Many options available for asthma control

Asthma is a common chronic health condition involving the lungs. It may produce inflammation in the small airways that can result in airway spasm. This often leads to chest tightness, wheezing...

DATE: March 15, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Antibiotic resistance a real threat

I find old cemeteries interesting, both in terms of solitude and history. When I was younger, I had occasion to stroll through a few old cemeteries dating back hundreds of years. During such...

DATE: March 1, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Two ‘omas’: Fascinating and incidental

Medical mumbo-jumbo – especially classification of anatomy, diseases and pathology – has roots going back several millennia to the Greek physician Hippocrates (circa 460 to 370 B.C.). The Greek...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Measles vaccine is smart choice

Late last month, health-care providers across the nation were notified about a significant national outbreak of measles. This multi-state outbreak of the virus, also known as rubeola, is the most...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Wide access to naloxone could save lives

The horizons are expanding for a life-saving drug in Colorado. Naloxone is a safe, nonabusable drug that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. When an overdose occurs, opioid drugs, such as...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Blunt fetal trauma in pregnancy

Fortunately, fetal trauma in pregnancy is uncommon. The most common causes of blunt fetal trauma, in contrast to penetrating injuries such as stabbings or gunshot wounds, are motor-vehicle...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Save a life: Know the signs of heart attack

Do you know how to identify the symptoms of a heart attack? If not, learning them may be an important step to saving your life or the life of someone you love. Coronary heart disease remains the...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Beware, flu is spreading; protect yourself

According to public-health experts, we are in the middle of one of the worst influenza epidemics in the last five years. As of this writing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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