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PCMA Team Walks for Leukemia and Lymphoma

PCMA Team Walks for Leukemia and Lymphoma

PCMA Team joined the 2015 Chicago Light The Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) on October 24.
The PCMA team Primary Cares! was organized by Karen Perlmuter, a leukemia survivor, and this was the second year of our team’s participation. We were a team of 11 PCMA staff and 40 friends and family. Together we raised over $8700.00 for the LLS, and were the 9th ranked Friends and Family team in donations. We doubled our contributions from last year, and hope to beat that next year! It was a beautiful night and we are glad to share these photos with you. For more information about LLS please go to www.lightthenight.org.

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Ask Well: The Best Exercise to Reduce Blood Pressure

What is the best exercise to control high blood pressure?

Take your pick, as the best exercise to control high blood pressure seems to be virtually any exercise, like walking or cycling or light weight training, especially if your workouts are spread throughout the day.

“Even standing might work,” said Glenn Gaesser, the director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University and an expert on exercise and hypertension.

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The Seven Habits of Highly Emotionally Healthy People

The Seven Habits of Highly Emotionally Healthy People

Most of us pay close attention to our health and we treat threats to our physical well-being as soon as they occur. We dress warmly when we feel a cold coming on, we apply antibacterial ointments and bandages to cuts and scrapes, and we don’t pick at scabs as they heal. We sustain psychological injuries in life just as often as we do physical ones, but we are much less proactive about protecting our psychological well-being, than we are our physical well-being. Adopting the following seven habits and ‘treating’ common psychological injuries when they occur will help protect your mental health and improve your emotional resilience.

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Stents may not be the answer for all heart patients

Stents may not be the answer for all heart patients

While a crucial component of modern heart disease care, a new study shows that conventional stent insertion is sometimes able to help patients with stable angina but may not be necessary to provide the relief desired. Instead, more doctors are recommending medical therapy as well as advocating for more serious studies of the origins of heart attacks.

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What’s the right amount of exercise? A little goes a long way!

What’s the right amount of exercise? A little goes a long way!

Turns out there isn’t really a limit to how much one can exercise before it becomes too much. A series of studies of active and less-active patients shows that while an hour of vigorous exercise a day is recommended, the closer an average person can get to 45 minutes a day, the better. While clearly there is a minimum amount of effort required to reduce the risk of early mortality, researchers found no limit to the amount of exercise a person can do before it becomes unhealthy.

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Welcome Anne Turner, Nurse Practitioner!

We are happy to announce that Anne Turner has joined PCMA. She is a Nurse Practitioner and will be starting in August. She joins us with 16 years of practice as a primary care provider. Anne brings a warm, caring attitude along with a great depth of experience. Welcome!