Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

No one says night shifts are easy

Occasionally, I have described my career in emergency medicine as enduring 30-plus years of sleep depravation. Actually, it’s longer than that. In college, I worked several summers in a...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Manage your medications responsibly

The development of medications to treat a broad range of diseases and unpleasant symptoms has accelerated in the past several decades. If you think about it, a century ago, with the exception of...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Herd immunity is strong case for vaccination

When I was in medical training, I had the unfortunate experience of participating in the care of a small child who developed a serious bacterial infection caused by common bacterium known as H....

DATE: Dec. 14, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Quarantines used to protect against disease

One joke told many times in the emergency room goes something like this: ER doc to patient: “Sir, you seem to be pretty sick – headache, low fever, chills, malaise, nausea, aches all over – could...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Breakthrough offers promise of diabetes cure

Researchers have announced a scientific breakthrough, which might possibly lead to a cure for Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus is a disorder that results in elevation of the level of...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Seven habits to keep you healthy, happy

Let’s face it: The human body doesn’t come with an instruction book. Yet, it is one of the most complex machines in the universe. Machines break for lots of reasons. But, ask any mechanic, and...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

It’s hard to hide from the threat of food poisoning

Food poisoning has grabbed plenty of attention lately and ranks second only to the common cold in frequency of occurrence. The very young, the chronically ill and the aged are the most seriously...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Outbreak turns Ebola into a moving target

I have been contemplating how to address the topic of Ebola in the context of the La Plata Health Watch. The fact of the matter is that the current pace of the outbreak makes it something of a...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Consider vaccine to avoid misery of shingles

If you are at least old enough to remember Captain Kangaroo or Mister Rogers, then you probably remember when chicken pox was a right of passage for young children. When I was sick and covered...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Double trouble: Mental illness and alcoholism

It was a rude awakening in the wee hours – forceful drubbing on our kitchen door, all the more audible as the bedroom was directly above. Crossing the kitchen, I recognized a state police cruiser...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Respiratory virus a reminder to take precautions

As every year, with the start of school, the respiratory viral season is upon us. This year, as you may have heard, there is a somewhat unique virus that is contributing to cold symptoms. The...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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