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Who's ready for the playoffs?! Create your own hockey card, test your hockey IQ, and more in The Training Room: http://bit.ly/1gHYzzy

Let's go Pens! #becauseitsthecup
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Today is International Transplant Nurses Day. In the video below, Angela Barber, a kidney transplant nurse coordinator and a key member of our talented and dedicated team of nurses at UPMC Transplant Services, explains the role of a transplant nurse coordinator in the transplant process.

Share your experiences with a transplant nurse to show your appreciation for all they do!
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In the spring of 2010, Gary Cunningham was cutting his grass for the first time of the season when he began experiencing shortness of breath and became fatigued. After his symptoms persisted Gary went to his primary care physician and was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) – a serious lung disease that causes scarring or stiffening of the lungs without a known cause.

On March 4, 2013, Gary became the first patient at UPMC to receive a "breathing lung" transplant through the Transmedics® Organ Care SystemTM (OCS) Lung machine. The OCS Lung is a perfusion machine that provides the lungs with oxygen, blood, and a special solution that protects the lungs from contamination. UPMC was the first health system on the East Coast to use this device.

Gary returned home two weeks later. He is very grateful for his transplant and tries to "pay it forward" by spending time with potential transplant patients, offering them support and sharing his experience.

"If someone wouldn't have donated their organ to me, I wouldn't be here today. One donor can have such a great impact and give life to so many others. Organ donation saved my life; it can save someone else's."

Register as an #organdonor today or share your own #transplant story on http://bit.ly/1gCnbtx
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It's always good to laugh! What makes you chuckle?
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Do you know what defines "one drink"? Are you over the limit? #alcoholawareness
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With the weather (finally) warming up, getting outside for a run is a fantastic way to get exercise! Sam Pittera, an athletic trainer with UPMC Sports Medicine, demonstrates six different stretches to try before you hit the pavement: http://bit.ly/1gPvJsx
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Discuss Nutrition at our Google Hangout for Marathon Runners

Are you running the Pittsburgh Marathon or another long distance race? Join us Thursday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m. for UPMC’s first-ever Google Hangout. During the live video chat, led by UPMC Sports Medicine nutrition director Leslie Bonci, experts and bloggers will share their best nutrition tips, offer personal advice based on past race experiences and answer live questions from the audience. 

Participants include:

Leslie Bonci, R.D., director of sports nutrition, UPMC Sports Medicine
Mandy Budzowski, health coach supervisor, UPMC Health Plan
Jon Kissel, community and member Relations Coordinator, Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
Nick Fischer, R.D., founder, Fischer Nutrition
Marlesa Adams, blogger, Mar on the Run 
Jenna Hatfield, blogger, Stop, Drop & Blog
This Hangout On Air is hosted by University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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It's National #StressAwareness Day! Being stressed can be a danger to your health and it is important to find ways to help you cope with this negative feeling. For some that could be taking deep breaths, thinking of funny things or even chanting. What helps you to de-stress?
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Do you enjoy making smoothies? How about adding avocado next time for a healthy boost! Read more about the benefits here: http://bit.ly/1qxfdVs
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Thank you as well for sharing this nutritious recipe +University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
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UPMC develops and delivers life changing medicine by working at the apex of healthcare and technology, translating science and research into accessible cures, and consistently working to accelerate the pace of innovation worldwide.

A world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of accountable, cost-effective, patient-centered care. It provides more than $887 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 62,000 employees, 22 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, a 2.2-million-member health insurance division, and international and commercial operations. 

At UPMC, our mission is to serve our community by providing outstanding patient care and to shape tomorrow’s health system through clinical and technological innovation, research, and education. 

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We want to work with you today to bring the best surgical solutions, the best patient care, and the best community involvement to western Pennsylvania and around the world.

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Every patient’s treatment experience is unique. An individual’s treatment outcome will depend on his or her personal circumstances, including age, general health, lifestyle, type and severity of disease, and other factors.