Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Sleep crucial to teenagers as demands pileup

How many adults remember what it was like to be a teenager? It's a bit of a roller-coaster ride. Adolescence is a mishmash of physical, social and intellectual changes designed to convert a child...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

You can prevent acid reflux by watching diet

There’s a children’s rhyme about how when our food does not like the atmosphere of our stomach, it “pops back up to say hello.” For many of us, this all-too-common second greeting is a most...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Don’t get burned: Simple measures can save your skin

Can you guess what is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States? It is skin cancer, with 5 million Americans treated each year. Treatment for skin cancer accounts for $8.1 billion...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

How a paper clip and a flame can save a fingernail

For 20 years running, we shared New Year’s Eve with college friends and their families. One such celebration began with a minor but painful injury. Before leaving on a three-hour drive to our...

DATE: July 27, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Are you paying attention to your thirst?

I’m always amused when I visit the Bar D and the Wranglers sing the lyrics of the old Bob Nolan song “Cool Water.” It never fails as they harmonize about the barren waste and their dry throats,...

DATE: July 19, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

This mean, nasty condition thrives on close contact

One medical school experience was indelibly written into our collective memories. A fourth-year student felt unwell, having aches, pains and a slight runny nose. As the student left the hospital...

DATE: June 29, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Blood pressure can rise without your knowledge

In 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the Million Hearts Campaign. The goal of this public-health initiative is the prevention of 1 million heart attacks in the...

DATE: June 22, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Cold or allergy? Symptoms can be deceptive

One of the most common questions I get this time of year relates to the experience of runny nose and cough. “Doc, is it a cold or my allergies?” For some, it can be hard to tell. This year, we...

DATE: June 15, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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