Protecting Babies' Teeth
Good oral health starts from infancy, as dentists are well aware. But getting that message to parents and caregivers is both a challenge and a necessity: many children do not visit a dentist until primary school age, when problems may already be entrenched. A project in the Faculty of Dentistry is working to change that situation.
A Portal on Human Rights
Human rights advocates, policy makers and researchers produce a great quantity of material on the subject - so much so that it can be a mighty task to stay on top of developments. A new website is helping to make the job easier by providing a one-stop source of information on human rights, with a particular focus on Asia.
On-Line Service Helps Doctors Treat Tough Cases
The treatment of blood cancers and diseases is notoriously difficult because the conditions are often life-threatening, they require urgent treatment, and the medicines used can be toxic and complicated to administer. Even specialists find it difficult to manage patients well.
Lifting the Veil on the Starry Sky
Hong Kong is one of the most light-polluted cities on Earth, a situation that not only blocks out the night but also represents a huge waste of energy. An astronomer at HKU has, fittingly, been at the forefront in calling attention to this problem.
A Helpline for Refugees
Hong Kong has hundreds of asylum-seekers who literally live in limbo as they await decisions on their fate. They cannot work or attend school, and their most precious commodity is information.
The Sunshine Project
Vitamin D is essential to bone health and overall good health, but one of the populations most vulnerable to insufficient intake, the elderly, are often ignorant about its benefits. A project initiated by an MPhil student has taken steps to correct that problem.
Saving Baby Teeth
Tooth decay is prevalent among young children in Hong Kong, where one survey has estimated nearly half of all five year olds suffer from the problem. While schools provide oral health education to children in the primary years and up, and through the efforts of the HKU Faculty of Dentistry, programmes are starting to target pre-schoolers, good and bad habits can start even earlier. It's not only the children but the parents also need to be educated.
The Buddy Programme
Secondary school students in Mainland China, like their counterparts everywhere, have to make major decisions about their future. But many Chinese students are at a disadvantage because their schools offer little opportunity to talk to people from different fields about their options. A group of HKU students tried to fill that gap through an outreach project that was inspired by personal experience.