Position: La Plata Health Watch

About: Dr. Matthew A. Clark is a board-certified physician in internal medicine and pediatrics practicing at the Ute Mountain Ute Health Center in Towaoc.

50 years later, CPR still is a valuable skill

Suppose you were walking between gates on the concourse of a large airport and you noticed an elderly man in front ofyou clutch his chest and fall to the ground unconscious. Would you know what to...

DATE: May 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Childproof to prevent poisoning

Consider this scenario if you have small children or if they visit your home. Johnny is a 2-year-old visiting hisgrandparents for the weekend. One morning, Johnny is playing in the living room...

DATE: March 22, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Understand 'cancer dam' to control risks

I noticed recently that the regional science fair for students was being held locally at the fairgrounds. It remindedme about a science fair project I worked on many years ago and presented at my...

DATE: March 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Acute sinusitis may be headed your way soon

It's bad enough that the snow still is falling while you rake your roof for what seems like the 10th time this season.You can't figure out why it's still 3 degrees when you wake up for work in the...

DATE: March 1, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Pregnancy health good for mom and baby

When I was a young pre-med student, I had a conversation with my dad about preventive health strategies and theimprovement of public health.My dad, who is not in the medical profession but who had...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Silent killer could be in air of your home

It is silent but deadly. I know what you're thinking - but this is a colorless, odorless gas that can produce illnessor even death. The silent killer is carbon monoxide gas, produced as a byproduct...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

The new year is a good time to review health

The beginning of a new year is a time to take an accounting of our lives and personal situations. For many, it may takethe form of reflection and a commitment to change.There are practical aspects...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2010 | CATEGORY: Health

Health effects of secondhand smoke broad

One of the most frustrating health risks to combat is posed by smoking among adolescents and adults. Despite decades ofaccumulated evidence about the health risks of smoking and countless...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Fetal alcohol disorders are common

Did you know that one of the most common causes of preventable birth defects is related to alcohol use duringpregnancy?According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

A few healthy tips to survive the holidays

The stresses of the holidays are well-known and can have significant impact upon our physical and mental well-being.However, preparation and a little reflection can help us enjoy our holidays to...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Screening crucial to care for diabetics

One of the most important challenges of providing good medical care for patients with diabetes is keeping up with the many important screenings recommended as part of routine diabetes care. ...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

Wallet card an effective way to keep info

A friend of mine is an usher at our church. Recently, an elderly visitor from out of town experienced some troubling symptoms after the service and asked for help. My friend called 911 on his cell...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2009 | CATEGORY: Health

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