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Vanguard Veganism

Vanguard  Veganism

Traditionally, Liptauer, a spicy cheese spread, has been the Austrian’s most popular bread spread. But national preferences can change: In 2013, SPAR Veggie reported that their store brand hummus had taken first place. It’s completely vegan – meaning without animal-derived products like meat, eggs and milk. But with these numbers, it’s not only the vegans […]

New Hope for Taming the Shake of Parkinson’s

New Hope for Taming the Shake of Parkinson’s

Treating the debilitating shake of Parkinson’s disease may just have gotten easier, with results from a recent Medical University of Vienna clinical trial in a new and rechargeable technology showed significant patient improvement.  The “Vantage” study looked at 40 subjects at six European centres, given Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) with the new device. Preliminary results […]

Protection From Lyme Disease – At Last!

Protection From Lyme Disease – At Last!

In Austria, hiking is serious business. It requires: top rate-hiking gear, a glossary of quaint foods at mountain huts in the applicable regional dialect, and the intricate knowledge of the lifestyle and eating habits of certain blood sucking parasites, like ticks. Ticks might be small, but they have a big impact on public health: Current […]

You Are What You Eat

Attitudes about food are often irrational. Although insects carry a valuable source of protein, few would immerse themselves in insect cookery. Even though most Austrians will eat horsemeat, the recent scandal resulted in a widespread decline in consumer confidence. But there have been other scandals: Schummelschinken (modified ham that’s 40% something else), Analogkäse (imitation cheese) […]

Nurses to Germany

Germany plans to place 150 Chinese nurses in German hospitals in 2014, as part of a 5-year experiment in health care staffing. The plan, announced in May, was developed at an April conference of Germany’s Arbeitgeberverband Pflege, an organisation representing healthcare-providers. In contrast to Europe where nurses are in high demand, China has more nurses […]

Vienna Circle: Where Internationals Meet

Vienna Circle: Where Internationals Meet

At the Centre of Integrative Medicine, 13 experts treat the mind, body and spirit – all at the same time. What sounds like hocus-pocus is offered as a more human,   and humane, approach to healing. Doctors and therapists practice a holistic approach of  treating the person, not just the disease. “We find the source of […]

Read My Body: The Language of Touch

Read My Body: The Language of Touch

In the far corner of a whitewashed studio, a young man kneels, offering a shoulder to his partner. She drapes herself over his shoulder and he effortlessly lifts her into the air, one hand at her waist. As they spin, she leans against him and he rotates her until she is cradled in his arms. […]

Yoga in English in Vienna – Keys to the City: Nov. 2012

Yoga in English in Vienna – Keys to the City: Nov. 2012

As winter sets in and the damp leaves us feeling chilled to the bone, you might try warming up from the inside, releasing stress, and promoting wintertime health with yoga. Since the 1980s, this traditional form of exercise with soul that originated in ancient India has gained popularity in the West, and is now a […]

Visiting Life On the Run

Visiting Life On the Run

It’s a bright Friday in October on Karlsplatz in Vienna’s 4th District, and tourists and students from the nearby Technical University are lounging around the artificial pond reflecting the oriental-looking dome-roofed Karlskirche. It’s a familiar Viennese scene, but today everything is a bit different. Across the pond from the church, a third-world refugee camp has […]

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