Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: 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

You probably haven’t heard of this condition

Much attention has been paid to concussions in the past several years, and it has cast a rather dark shadow, especially on athletes and athletics. There is nothing quite as valuable as a...

DATE: March 23, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Common pain relievers give you a headache

It is a matter of common sense that among all the medications on the market, both prescription and nonprescription, people tend to regularly take the medications that make them feel better. Often...

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

Lose weight – even a little – for your health

You don’t have to look far to realize obesity is a common problem in the United States. Its impact on the health of our nation continues to grow. In November 2013, the American Heart Association,...

DATE: March 1, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Hey, gentlemen: you’re more likely to lose color vision

Serving in the role of medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration was a satisfying phase of my medical career. After a decade or more of doing exams for third-class medical...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

If that throbbing is a migraine, you’re not alone

There are few benign acute health problems more disabling than a migraine. Yet, this common condition affects tens of millions of children and adults each year in the United States, resulting in...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Fluoridation is a key pillar of public health

Infectious disease control. Proving the dangers of tobacco. Motor-vehicle safety. These advances are a few of what comprise the 10 great public health achievements in the 20th century, according to...

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

Keep marijuana, related edibles out of kids’ reach

One Sunday years ago, I answered a telephone call from a worried mother – her 3-year-old daughter had consumed a marijuana-laced brownie. The clinic being closed, I suggested she stop by my house. ...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

New year brings peak season risk for influenza

January often represents peak season for colds and influenza. Colder temperatures and reduced humidity levels drive most people indoors and promote the easy spread of these viral illnesses. Each...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

How to recognize the symptoms of depression

Depression is one of the most common mental-health disorders in the world, and its prevalence is rising. In the U.S., the likelihood of suffering a major episode of depression approaches 1 in 5....

DATE: Jan. 4, 2014 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Even friends won’t tell you about bad breath

Welder’s burns, arc burns, flash burns and snow blindness result from direct exposure of the eye’s cornea to ultraviolet light. There is a tendency for those with welder’s burns to arrive at the...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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