When muscles waste away

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Half of all people with liver cirrhosis suffer additionally from abnormal loss of muscle mass. The loss can be so serious that potential life-saving surgery becomes impossible. A research group in Graz has now found the “missing link” between liver and muscle: the intestinal microbiome. This consequently prioritizes therapies that promote beneficial gut bacteria.
Illustration of the intestinal microbiome


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Apr. 30, 2024
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Researcher Bea Maas in front of wilderness and mountains in Africa

Oksana Havryliv is an expert on all things profane, crude or obscene. Her research deals with how and when people swear and how verbal aggression is changing in a multicultural society.

Feb. 5, 2024
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Oksana Havryliv in front of a wall with graffiti

Both biological differences and gender have bearing on a person’s health. In Austria, gender medicine research was midwifed by Alexandra Kautzky-Willer, a pioneer in her field.

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Alexandra Kautzky-Willer

The media artist Stefanie Wuschitz explores how recycled materials can be used to manufacture electronic devices.

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Nicolas Singewald researches what causes anxiety disorders and the development of new therapies.

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Persian and Jewish culture are closely connected, says Ariane Sadjed. She aims to illustrate the many faceted nature of the coexistence of Jews and Muslims.

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Ariane Sadjed

Many of the contemporary-history topics that Barbara Stelzl-Marx has investigated from a retrospective perspective have resurfaced in Europe with the Ukraine war.

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In Austria, eight in one hundred children and adolescents are being treated for an eating disorder.

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Kerstin S. Jobst, a specialist in Eastern European history, speaks about the impact of the Ukraine war on her research and the deep-seated mistrust between East and West.

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Molecular biologist Herta Steinkellner and her team have succeeded in producing highly effective antibodies against Covid-19. These medical wonder weapons are produced by plants.

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Herta Steinkellner

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Researchers as yet know very little about what daily life feels like for children in Austrian rainbow families. Psychologists are now conducting the first longitudinal study in Austria.

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Computer scientist Atakan Aral is conducting research into how artificial intelligence (AI) can help to monitor microscopic pollutants in rivers more sustainably.

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Hans J. Briegel examines the potential of quantum information systems and AI and how these technologies may interact in the future.

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Cell biologist Stephanie J. Ellis

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