Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

Prepare properly and you’ll enjoy your next hike

On the recommendation of a good friend and hiking mentor, my daughter and I recently hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It was an awesome experience, and we treasured both the time spent...

DATE: May 4, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Healing heels: Take care when caring for them

There is nothing glamorous about the heel bone, known as the calcaneus, the heel’s Latin name. Despite significant improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of calcaneus fractures during the...

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

Early detection aids autism treatment

Last month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated statistics on the prevalence of autistic spectrum disorder among children. The results, compiled from 11 different...

DATE: April 20, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Open your mouth – you can learn a lot about your health

Your dental health has a lot to do with your general health. For two weeks during the summer after my first year of medical school, I shadowed a dentist working in a community health clinic. The...

DATE: April 6, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Energy drinks can fill kids with too much caffeine

There’s a disturbing trend in beverage consumption in the U.S. involving caffeine, particularly among children and adolescents. The trend involves rising use of so-called energy drinks and...

DATE: March 30, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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