Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

Please, hold the hysteria over listeria

Salmonella and E. coli now seem to be household names, while listeria is not. Listeria monocytogenes, one of six listeria bacterial types, is the bad guy, a nasty bug, though less common than the...

DATE: May 23, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Aspirin’s role as prevention tool debated

I was recently reading a medical article that reviewed the discussion about aspirin use for prevention of cardiovascular disease. The somewhat controversial debate has been taking place about this...

DATE: May 17, 2015 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

E-cigarettes carry risks for adolescents

I was thinking of former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop recently. When I was a second-year medical student, I got to meet the man who became “America’s doctor.” It was an awesome experience...

DATE: May 3, 2015 | COLUMN: 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

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