20 Years in Hungary: A message from FirstMed CEO, Dennis Diokno

Over the past twenty years, FirstMed has experienced an exciting journey. Our team started with five employees and has grown to over 100. We are proud that a little over 75% of our employees have been with us for five or more years…13 have been with us since our first year! Our experienced team of health… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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 preventing disease that may be genetic. Finding disease early can often mean better health in the long run. Here is part II… [Read More]

Chicken with Plums and Figs

Bring some color into the first month of winter. Spice up your December with our exciting recipe that combines sweet dried fruits with the savory flavor of chicken and sophisticated aroma of dry white wine. Complete your meal with the side of your choice– we recommend steamed rice with peas or scalloped potatoes! Ingredients: 4… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

Recipe: Delicious Duck

Duck legs with quince cabbage and mashed potatoes Enjoy this rich, full meal brought to you by FirstMed’s dietician, Henter Iza. Ingredients: 4 fatty duck legs [or goose] 2 red onions 5-6 cloves of garlic 2 tsp shredded marjoram 1 tsp thyme a little ground black pepper 150 ml dry, white wine salt Steamed cabbage:… [Read More]

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… [Read More]