Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Don’t be afraid, but be concerned about skin cancer

In the past, I freely admitted to fear of three things: snarling canines (Yes, I’ve been bitten), fast-moving water (a near drowning) and snarling dogs in fast water. I’ve never really thought...

DATE: May 25, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Eat too much, and you turn into a lazy lion

I am fascinated by the physiology of food. By this, I mean how food and drink (and sometimes their absence) interact with our body to affect our physical and mental sense of well-being as well as...

DATE: May 18, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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