HKU Dental Professor calls for regular dental checkup for people over 45 to detect and prevent mouth cancer
A research team of HKU Faculty of Dentistry led by Professor Peter Thomson has been working to improve understanding of the cause and development of mouth cancer, to identify the population in Hong Kong most at risk, and to apply effective primary, secondary and tertiary preventive strategies to target disease at the earliest possible stage, and to facilitate minimal interventional treatment.
Professor Thomson said many mouth cancer patients are diagnosed only when the disease is advanced and incurable. However, early suspicious signs of cancer or pre-cancer change, including non-healing mouth ulcers, red and white mucosal patches and unexplained swellings within the mouth or in the neck, could easily be detected by a dental professional during standard oral examination. According to the government’s statistics, less than half of HongKongers had regular dental check-ups and fewer than 37% of those in the high risk group aged 45 or above visit their dentists regularly. The strategies that prevention really is better than cure when it comes to halting the progress of this life-threatening oral disorder are confirmed in Professor Thomson’s new book “Oral Cancer – From Prevention to Intervention “.Read More
Lifespans, a start-up company formed by HKU professors and alumni, won at the Hong Kong Finals of IMAGINE IF! 2018-19 and will participate in the Global Final of IMAGINE IF! at the “Health Horizons - Future Healthcare Forum” from June 26 to 27 in Cambridge, UK.
Lifespans develops proprietary technologies that make orthopaedic implants safer and more effective when treating fractured hips, shoulders, and spines in elderly patients. Its products are undergoing final safety testing and are expected to be available to hospitals in the second quarter of 2019.Read More
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the HKU Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre, a bilingual book “The Pulse of Nature - Mid-Levels West” is launched. It provides an alternative city guide, and brings together over a dozen of artists, novelists, academics and others with the Centre as a starting point and Mid-Levels West as an exploratory space to invite readers to engage in the pulses of the world from different angles including humanities, society, architecture and natural history. The Centre also offers an exhibition and guided tour from now until June 9.Read More
HKU School of Nursing collaborated with the Hong Kong Housing Authority to host a health talk under the Healthy Ageing in Public Rental Housing Estates programme. Over 100 elderly people who participated in the talk worked out to strengthen their muscles with simple exercises under the guidance of two AI robots from the School of Nursing.
The HKU team also conducted a hand-grip test to measure the muscle strength of elderly persons. The AI robots serve as fitness coaches to stimulate the elderly’s interest in exercise and help them remember the movements better, minimising the chance of sarcopenia and the risk of falls.Read More
HKU Studies the Prevalence of Viral Hepatitis in Hong Kong – The First Largest Population Territory-based Study
A research team of HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine performed a 19-month territory-wide study involving 10,256 individuals on the prevalence of five viral hepatitis in 2015 and 2016. It found the overall prevalence of hepatitis B in Hong Kong was 7.8%, yet 48% of infected participants were unaware of it.
Since vaccine cuts the infection rate by 85% and many hepatitis B carriers were unaware of their situation, the HKU team called for a territory-wide screening for hepatitis and promotion for vaccination, especially if Hong Kong is to achieve the public health objectives of the World Health Organization in 2030.Read More
HKU and Imperial College London develop a new robotic platform technology for inexpensive diagnosis of reproductive disorder
HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and Imperial College London collaborated to develop a new robotic platform technology to measure hormone pulse patterns in reproductive disorder. The new biomedical technology enables repeated or even continuous measurement of hormone and other biomolecule concentrations. It is expected to be applied to a wide range of diagnostic scenarios in the future, with the cost largely reduced. The team expects the technology to be applied in clinical diagnosis in 10 years’ time.Read More
HKU and Ocean Park signed a MOU to strengthen collaboration on innovative education and research initiatives. Innovation and knowledge exchange projects planned include the inaugural Ocean Park International STEAM Education Conference and Ocean Park x HKU DreamCatchers’ Hackathon in June 2019, and an International Conservation STEAM Competition with the theme “STEAM and Marine Conservation”. Public engagement initiatives such as Water Fun Fest will be hosted by Ocean Park and the HKU Faculty of Social Sciences from April 19 to May 1 to raise public awareness on water consumption and sustainability.Read More