Avoid summer’s stomach storms

From Dr. Mariann Hegyi, FirstMed Internist Summer’s here! It’s the time for vacations, road-trips, outdoor programs and hopefully less office work. Summertime makes you smile but it also can bring thunderstorms. These storms can be both outside in the nature or inside of you. For now let’s leave aside the complex issues of emotional storms,… [Read More]

Hot sun a real threat

In summer, when the temps soar, you need to be aware of the signs of possible heatstroke if you are spending a lot of time outdoors. This type of heat-related illness happens when the body’s core temperature rises past the normal internal operating range (about 36ºC to 37ºC taken orally). One of the earliest warning… [Read More]

A Balkan treat: ćevapčići

I don’t think I am going too far out on a limb by saying that our neighbors to the south, Serbs and Bosnian- Herzegovinians, are some of the best grillers of meat I have come across in Europe. Walk down the streets of Belgrade or Sarajevo and you will easily pick up the scent of… [Read More]

The Impact of Running on the Spine

Life is busy and often we don’t have time for exercise. Although jogging became popular in the US in the 1970s, it is probably in the past 10 years that it has taken root in Budapest, with more people incorporating it into a daily activity. With more and more races in the city and the… [Read More]

A Sunburn to Die for

According to my 2017 calendar, summer actually starts with the summer solstice, June 21, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Although hotter temperatures come deeper into the summer months, it is on this day that we should reflect on the power of the sun, and understand the impact it can have… [Read More]

Summer enemy #1

Most summertime rituals, such as a friend’s barbecue, heading to Balaton, hiking in the woods or even a campout, are a lot of fun. Unfortunately, uninvited guests often make these events memorable for all the wrong reasons, leaving us itching and scratching from mosquito bites. Does this mean we should avoid the outdoors? Not a… [Read More]

Asian Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad

Asian Grilled Chicken Noodle Salad Summertime parties are a great way to take advantage of longer days and warmer temperatures. Now that the weather is virtually guaranteeing conditions favorable for friend or family get-togethers, it’s time to get that charcoal or gas grill out of storage and start cooking. If you’re having people over or… [Read More]

The Health Benefits of Dog Ownership

Take two dogs and call me in the morning. Owning a dog is great not just because you have an extra family member who adores you when you are unbearable, but did you know that there are numerous health benefits associated with dog ownership as well. 1. Dogs Boost Your Mood Dogs have long been… [Read More]

Getting Positive with Paul

Welcome back. Last month we introduced you to Budapest resident happiness expert, Paul Pahil, founder of September’s “Budapest Happiness Week”. His professional mission is based on his belief that all people have the right to experience the richness and benefits of optimal living. This month we’ll continue our discussion on positive psychology. Paul, Is a… [Read More]

Let’s get fresh

New Potato, Squash and Goat Cheese Gratin It’s spring so that can mean only one thing: fresh produce. After a long, cold winter where the fresh fruit and veg counter looked to be selling produce picked ages ago, it’s great to return to the times of plenty. Over the past few weeks since the return… [Read More]