SGH doctor on voice hoarseness

Dr Han Hong Juan, Consultant, Dept of Otolaryngology, spoke about surgery induced hoarseness. Thyroid surgery, in particular, may result in paralysis of vocal cords. Newer treatment options include vocal cord injection therapy which can be done in a clinic in 20 minutes.

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SGH doctor on whether sleeping on your right side increases risk of acid reflux

According to information found on the Internet, sleeping on your left side aids digestion and lowers risk of heartburn, while sleeping on your right side may lead to acid reflux and indigestion. Dr Han Hong Juan, Consultant, Dept of Otolaryngology, cited studies that do suggest that high-risk adults (middle aged, overweight or those diagnosed with sleep apnea) are more susceptible to acid reflux if they sleep on their right side.

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SGH doctor on proper sleeping positions to aid digestion

Several studies have shown that gastric reflux is increased in people who sleeping on their right side as compared to those who sleep on their left side. Dr Han Hong Juan, Consultant, Dept of Otolaryngology, explained that the middle-aged, overweight individuals and individuals with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more prone to reflux. He also gave tips on ways to sleep well.

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SGH doctor and speech therapist on voice aging

With longer life expectancy, more elderly Singaporeans may discover a change in the quality of their voices. Dr Han Hong Juan, Director, Voice Clinic and Consultant, Dept of Otolaryngology, explained how voice aging can happen, and the different patient profiles likely to seek treatment. Ms Laura Chua, Speech Therapist, also shared how speech therapy is carried out and gave a few examples of vocal exercises that one can do to protect the voice.

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