Medical University of Vienna

  • Although there have already been birds that received strap-on artificial legs, scientists are now reporting the first successful integration of a prosthetic foot directly into a stork's residual leg bone. They're describing the animal as the world's first "bionic bird."
  • An international team of scientists is reporting success with one of the most advanced bionic arms ever made. Users control the prosthesis just by thinking about it, while it feeds the sensation of touch back to the brain.
  • ​We've already heard how electrical pulses have been shown to help heal wounds, by promoting tissue growth. An experimental new implant uses that same principle to aid in the regeneration of cardiac tissue, potentially postponing or even eliminating the need for heart transplants.
  • ​​So far as nature's wonder materials go, spider silk is right up there. Now scientists have uncovered another exciting application for it, using it to bridge the gap between severed nerves that would otherwise struggle to be repaired.​
  • ​Asthma can be a debilitating, dangerous condition, and it's most often caused by allergies. While medication provides some relief, scientists have devised a treatment that could help the severely-asthmatic even more. It involves using a dialysis-like setup to filter antibodies out of their blood.
  • Though blood tests as a means of detecting mental illness have long been considered ineffective, Austrian researchers have now demonstrated a link between levels of serotonin in the blood and the brain's depression network, meaning a more effective diagnosis of depression may not be too far away.