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Early retiree poses as medical doctor
Doctor's hands. File photo: APA

Early retiree poses as medical doctor

A pensioner has been working as a doctor in the districts of St. Pölten and Lilienfeld - without having any appropriate medical training. READ  

Austria’s award winning spas
View from the Hotel Hochschober. Photo: Hotel Hochschober

Austria’s award winning spas

Austria has some of the best spa and wellness hotels in Europe - and many scored highly in the recent European Health and Spa awards. READ  

TBE cases fall in Styria with mild Spring
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TBE cases fall in Styria with mild Spring

As we approach peak tick season scientists in Styria say that although the tick population in the province has increased after the recent damp and warm weather, the number of cases of tick borne encephalitis (TBE) infections has decreased. READ  

Viennese doctor on trial for medical fraud
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Viennese doctor on trial for medical fraud

Wednesday sees the start of a trial in the Vienna Regional Criminal Court against a Viennese doctor who is accused of defrauding the Vienna Health Insurance fund (WGKK). READ  

Food
Foodies find good choice in Vienna's markets
Photo: Eishken Estate

Foodies find good choice in Vienna's markets

Tired of processed and pre-packaged food? There's no excuse for not eating well, if you're willing to try out some of Vienna's specialized food markets. The Local's food correspondent Gaz Smith checks out the choices available, and gives his recommendations. Let them know you read about it in The Local if you visit. READ  

Fake dentist pulled teeth and emptied wallets
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Fake dentist pulled teeth and emptied wallets

A 24-year-old former dental assistant was sentenced in Salzburg on Thursday to 20 months' conditional imprisonment for practicing dentistry without a license, fraud and commercial assault. READ  

Justice minister opposes cannabis legalization
Justice Minister Wolfgang Brandstetter. Photo: APA/HERBERT PFARRHOFER

Justice minister opposes cannabis legalization

Austrian justice minister Wolfgang Brandstetter has spoken out against proposals by Tyrol's social democrats to legalize cannabis, saying that the majority of Austrians are opposed. READ  

Austrian prisoners receive erection meds
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Austrian prisoners receive erection meds

A whistleblower has revealed that some long-term prisoners in Krems Stein prison in Lower Austria have been issued with 1000 Cialis-brand erectile-dysfunction drugs, according to a report on Wednesday in the daily newspaper Heute. READ  

Animal 'hoarder' discovered near Villach
We're pretty sure there were no rabbits, but this is what animal hoarding looks like. Photo: Stefan Körner

Animal 'hoarder' discovered near Villach

A bailiff visiting a remote house in the district of Villach in the Austrian state of Carinthia notified police and animal protection officers of a case of suspected animal hoarding. READ  

Health data implant chips proposed
A microchip. Photo: Wikimedia

Health data implant chips proposed

Austrians should have their medical data implanted in a chip, according to an opposition politician. READ  

Alcohol consumption in Austria high
A doctor hands over a prescription. File photo: APA/ HELMUT FOHRINGER

Alcohol consumption in Austria high

Austria spends an above average amount on health care, according to statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - but Austrians consume more alcohol than nearly all other OECD countries. READ  

Corruption still 'widespread' in medicine
Doctor. File photo: APA

Corruption still 'widespread' in medicine

Transparency International (TI) has criticized Austria for doing too little to target corruption. A report said that “black sheep” were still especially prevalent in the health sector. READ  

Teens in favour of legalizing cannabis
Someone lighting a joint. Photo: APA/DANIEL KARMANN

Teens in favour of legalizing cannabis

The majority of young Austrians are in favour of legalizing cannabis and think that regular use of drugs is less dangerous than frequent alcohol consumption. READ  

Pair of parrots snuffed by 'Teflon fumes'
Photo: L.Miguel Bugallo Sánchez/Wikimedia

Pair of parrots snuffed by 'Teflon fumes'

They're not Norwegian blues, but African greys - and sadly, two of them expired, apparently from the fumes of over-heated Teflon pans, according to a story in Heute. READ  

'Smoking sheriff' gives up fight
Smoker. File photo: Christoph Schmidt/dpa

'Smoking sheriff' gives up fight

A self-appointed “smoking sheriff” has given up his fight trying to enforce a smoking ban in Viennese restaurants. READ  

 
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