Dr. Matthew A. Clark

Position: La Plata Health Watch

Early recognition of stroke can limit damage to brain

In recent years, a statistical analysis of data on stroke occurrence has suggested increased risk of stroke during the holidays. Stroke generally comes in two major varieties; hemorrhagic and...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

We remain free to choose our own poison

It might seem unusual for ambulance crews to check the refrigerator of a residence to which they are responding. They look for a medical power of attorney, which may dictate what measures are...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Not every ‘magic bullet’ leads to a cure

Some years ago I had the opportunity to assist the efforts of other health-care providers serving the needs of the people of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. One morning, I was...

DATE: Nov. 17, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Prevent arthritis by taking care to protect joints

Perhaps because I’m getting older myself, I’ve been thinking a lot about arthritis lately. In dealing with older patients, I find that one of their greatest fears is a loss of function or even a...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

This treatment is not pretty, but it appears to work

Last week, Dr. Matt Clark’s column acknowledged the immense numbers of gut bacteria, characterized in new terminology as the “microbiome.” The microbiome – the trillions of microorganisms,...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Microbiome may hold keys to good health

The relationship between humans and microbes is being redefined and the human microbiome may be on the cutting edge of the future of modern medical science. What is the human microbiome, you ask?...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Healthy choices made daily yield a healthy future

Some folks suffer the misfortune of unexpected, unpredictable and unpreventable illness. For the rest of us, which is the majority, a healthy life is built upon a series of simple decisions made...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Sadly for some, it’s that time of year again

With the passing of the autumnal equinox and fall’s beginning Sept. 22, seasonal affective disorder also will arrive. SAD is a form of depression that an estimated 5 percent of the U.S. population...

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

Your pancreas plays a vital role in your health

I once heard a prominent surgeon begin a presentation with the quip that all he had learned in surgical training could be summed up with the advice to (surgically) “stay away from the pancreas.”...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

Kids courting serious trouble when they huff

School is well underway, so here’s a pop quiz – for you parents. What is most commonly the first drug of abuse among children and adolescents. Alcohol? Not quite. Marijuana? Think again. If you...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

In Colorado, Lyme disease is not a scourge

My family enjoyed many summers in north-central New Hampshire. The evening routine included body inspections on us kids for the presence of ticks. The family dog was scrutinized as well – ticks...

DATE: Aug. 24, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

School is starting, so remember good hygiene

In many ways, the return of school children to the classroom kicks off the unofficial start to the cold and flu season. While there are many variables unrelated to reading, writing and arithmetic,...

DATE: Aug. 18, 2013 | COLUMN: La Plata Health Watch

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