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]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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,”… [Read More]

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… [Read More]