The Best of Budapest Awards

On Saturday April 6, 2019, FirstMed attended the 26th annual Best of Budapest awards where it was awarded with prestigious Best in Class award for Heath and Medical Services. Achieving this award was doubly satisfying for us since not only did we walk away with the prize, being selected above 10 other clinics in the… … pročitajte više

The Inflamed Brain

Recognizing Encephalitis and Meningitis When you get sick, some germs can attack the brain or the protective lining that surrounds the brain. This can cause swelling and lead to severe illness, or even death. It’s important to recognize the symptoms so you can get medical help as quickly as possible. When the brain swells, it’s… … pročitajte više

Killing with kindness?

Your lover has showered you with beautiful (and expensive) chocolates this Valentine’s Day. It was a lovely thought, of course (and saved the giver from an awful fate, had they forgotten). But was it really wise? How healthy is all that wonderful, tasty, creamy, dreamy chocolate? There is much evidence that cocoa can provide powerful… … pročitajte više

German Rabbit Stew

German Rabbit Stew Growing up in the suburbs of New York City rabbit was never on the menu. I always wanted to try it but never got around to it until moving to Hungary where, come winter-time it could be easily found in the markets. My first try provided good results but didn’t wow me… … pročitajte više

Control Your Cholesterol

Protect Yourself from Heart Attack and Stroke Have you had your cholesterol checked? Most adults should have a cholesterol test every 4 to 6 years. That’s because nearly 78 million American adults have high levels of the type of cholesterol that’s linked to heart disease and stroke. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your… … pročitajte više

Knowing is Not Enough (part II)

In December we starting speaking about knowing and sharing your family medial history. By gathering this information and sharing with your doctor you will be able to start screening and taking steps towards prevents disease that may be genetic. Finding disease early can often mean better health in the long run. Here is part II… … pročitajte više

Knowing is Not Enough

Part I Has your mother or sister had breast cancer? Does your mother, father, sister, or brother have diabetes? Did your mother, father, brother, or sister have colorectal (colon) cancer before age 50? If you answered “yes,” you are more likely to get the same disease as your parent or sibling and should consider earlier… … pročitajte više

Beat the Winter Blues

Shedding Light on Seasonal Sadness As the days get shorter, many people find themselves feeling sad. You might feel blue around the winter holidays, or get into a slump after the fun and festivities have ended. Some people have more serious mood changes year after year, lasting throughout the fall and winter when there’s less… … pročitajte više

Ease back, please

The holiday will be here sooner than you think. In the blink of an eye you will find yourself among presents and wrapping papers. If you want to avoid trying to find a doctor at one of the worst times of the year, you should take steps to avoid injuries resulting from bad posture. At… … pročitajte više

Good posture

Christmas will be here sooner than you think. In the blink of an eye you will find yourself among presents and wrapping papers. If you want to avoid trying to find a doctor at one of the worst times of the year you should take steps to avoid injuries resulting from bad posture. At one… … pročitajte više

Pain in the Ear

Fending off Ear Infections Being up all night with a child crying from the pain of an ear infection can be a nightmare. But it’s not uncommon. Most children in developed countries get at least one ear infection by the age of five. Most ear infections happen in the middle ear, the part of the… … pročitajte više

Community Immunity

How Vaccines Protect Us All Parents know that kids are vulnerable to a host of infectious diseases. Research supported by NIH and others proves that the benefits of vaccines in preventing illness and death greatly outweigh the risks. The list of childhood diseases can be overwhelming: measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, meningitis, influenza and… … pročitajte više

Smelling Sickness

Body Odor May Be Sign of Disease Did anyone ever tell you that you smell bad? Funky breath or stinky underarms can happen to anyone, at any age. Whether or not you’ve noticed them, some body odors can signal a health problem. But most breath and body odors are normal. “Bad breath is most often… … pročitajte više

Loud Noises Damage Hearing

Loud noises can cause permanent hearing loss. And once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. Hearing loss from loud noise can be prevented. About 70% of people exposed to loud noise never or seldom wear hearing protection. Learn what you need to do to protect your hearing. October is “National Protect Your Hearing Month,”… … pročitajte više

Wake Up Call

“I still remember when my phone rang. It was the doctor. I stopped what I was doing and listened as she said, “There’s a little bit of cancer”. There’s a very good chance you know someone who’s had cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more than one million Americans are diagnosed with some… … pročitajte više

Why Vaccinate?

What are the Reasons to Vaccinate My Baby? Protecting your child’s health is very important to you. Giving your baby all the recommended vaccines by age two is the best way to protect her from 14 serious childhood diseases. Choose immunization; it’s the powerful defense that’s safe, proven, and effective. Raising a child means you’d… … pročitajte više

Incontinence and the prostate

By 2021 the global demand for adult diapers will be over $14.5 billion USD. The reality is that in many cases they could be healed and live without any urinary problems. We talked about the incontinence, prostate cancer, and screenings with FirstMed urologist Dr. Miklós Romics. FM: You have many doctors in your family, your… … pročitajte više

Pork Shashlik

In the summer I grill more than half the week, weather permitting. Most of what hits the grill are burgers, pork tenderloins (so cheap for such a great cut of pork), chicken breasts and thighs, and lamb steaks when the price is right. This summer we took a trip to Russia (no, not the grass… … pročitajte više

Acne Breakouts

Controlling Problem Pimples Zits. Pimples. Spots. Whatever you call it, acne can cause discomfort and embarrassment. This skin condition affects most people at some point during their lives. About 4 out of every 5 people experience acne outbreaks between the ages of 11 and 30. Acne starts in the skin’s oil glands. The hair on… … pročitajte više

Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather!

Content provided and maintained by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). Learn about heat-related illness and how to stay cool and safe in hot weather. Now is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat causes more than 600 deaths [in the US] each year.… … pročitajte više

Be Aware of Myomas

Uterine fibroids, also called myomas, are smooth, benign tumors that often appear during childbearing years. Many women have them sometime during their lives but usually they don’t know because there are often no symptoms. Myomas are composed partly of muscle tissue. They seldom develop in the cervix, the lower part of the uterus. When they… … pročitajte više

Catching a Cold When It’s Warm

What’s the Deal with Summertime Sniffles? Most everyone looks forward to summer—time to get away, get outside and have some fun. So what could be more unfair than catching a cold when it’s warm? How can cold symptoms arise when it’s not cold and flu season? Is there any way to dodge the summertime sniffles?… … pročitajte više

Syrniki – Túró pancakes

Syrniki (Сырники) Russian Syrniki, pronounced SYR-nee-kee, where y in ”SYR” sounds like the start of Syria and the end like the first name of the bass player for Mötley Crüe. Made from túró, which some people call quark or farmer’s cheese, a thick patty is made and fried into a delicious snack. When done well… … pročitajte više

Avoid Those Bites

Diseases transmitted by ticks, fleas and mosquitoes are becoming more dangerous and far more numerous nowadays. Between 2004 and 2016, transmitted diseases tripled to nearly 650,000 cases in the United States, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds. The report published at the end of April says there are… … pročitajte više

Creamy Chicken Marsala

A couple of months ago we had a recipe for Chicken Piccata that was so simple you could whip up this tasty dish almost any night. Here is another one that’s just as easy to pull off, and you’ll probably find yourself adding it to your regular dinner schedule rather than just on special occasions:… … pročitajte više

Pebbles in Your Plumbing

Have you ever heard that passing a kidney stone is more painful than giving birth? Each year, more than 1 million people in the U.S. rush to the emergency room with pain caused by a kidney stone. Kidney stones are hard, pebble-like pieces of material that form in one or both kidneys. They’re caused by… … pročitajte više

Arthritis is a pain in the….joint.

Understanding the Different Types of Arthritis Arthritis is as old as mankind itself (maybe even older). We can tell it’s been there all along from the kind of injuries we’ve found in the joints of prehistoric skeleton remains. Sooner or later we will all have some kind of problem with our joints, and, in many cases,… … pročitajte više

Sleep on it

How Snoozing Strengthens Memories When you learn something new, the best way to remember it is to sleep on it. That’s because sleeping helps strengthen memories you’ve formed throughout the day. It also helps to link new memories to earlier ones. You might even come up with creative new ideas while you slumber. What happens… … pročitajte više

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are a fantastic mix of meat and veg, and sure to warm you up on a cold March night. I made these last weekend for the family when my local Aldi – thank you Germans for bringing your stores to Hungary with your fresh, year-round produce. I can’t remember the last time I… … pročitajte više

Take a bite out of TBE

Tick-borne encephalitis, or TBE, is one of the viral diseases in Hungary and Central Europe that can spread by ticks. The virus causes brain inflammation with severe fever and headache. The TBE vaccination offers extra protection for those living or staying in these areas. Symptoms often occur one to two weeks after a tick bite… … pročitajte više

Aspirin’s new beneits

An aspirin a day may keep more than just a heart attack away. Since it was first synthesized in Germany in 1897, acetylsalicylic acid, more widely known as aspirin, has been used to treat a range of medical ailments – from the simple headache and fever to inflammation. Aspirin is one of the most widely… … pročitajte više

Bad bill of health

7 Tips to help ruin your cardiovascular health Typically, each February we write tips to help you improve your cardiovascular (CV) fitness so you can stay healthier and live longer. In the past we’ve asked you to know your numbers (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and BMI/ body mass index); to eat “heart-healthy” foods such… … pročitajte više