Dr. Andrea and My Colon

Dr. Andrea and My Colon

by Verne Maree

The murky and complex workings of stomachs, intestines, livers and gallbladders are not entirely fun to contemplate, let along devote your life to. So, although I was expecting a woman – the clinic name was a bit of a giveaway – I wasn’t expecting someone as bubbly as the beautiful Dr Andrea Rajnakova.

Choosing medicine was easy for her. “I never thought of anything else,” she admits. “I was always going to be a doctor. At four, I got my first doctor’s briefcase, and I never looked back.
“In high school, we had to fill in a form with our first, second and third choice of profession. The socialist regime in Slovakia was rather rigid at that time, and they refused to process my form unless I filled in the second and third options – so I wrote ‘Medicine’, ‘Medicine’, Medicine’, in each of the three rows. Continue reading Dr. Andrea and My Colon

Dr. Andrea - profile

ThisQ_DrAndreaMedicine was my only choice. I’ve never thought of studying anything else. I decided to be a doctor since I was four when I was given a doctor’s suitcase for Christmas. It became my favourite toy, so I thought to be a doctor was a profession I wanted to do.

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Can Healthy Diet Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

Can Healthy Diet Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

DietColorectal cancer is the most common cancer in Singapore. The average population risk for developing colorectal cancer in Singapore is among the highest in the world. However this is a preventable cancer. Screening for colorectal cancer is proven to save lives. In the United States and northern European countries, colorectal cancer mortality has been falling, and this has been attributed to screening, early detection, prevention by polypectomy, and improved treatment. Continue reading Can Healthy Diet Prevent Colorectal Cancer?

Burn in the Gullet

Burn in the Gullet

Stomach acids flowing back into the oesophagus is a condition that can be resolved.

Burn in the gullet is the most typical symptom of reflux, which is an irritation of the oesophagus (gullet) by the acid that comes up from the stomach. This irritation causes troublesome symptoms
and may result in complications. It happens because the junction between the gullet and the stomach does not function normally. Continue reading Burn in the Gullet

The Dangers of a Fatty Liver

The Dangers of a Fatty Liver

It may show no signs but a fatty liver means trouble if untreated.


The liver is the largest organ in the body, apart from the skin. It is found in the right upper abdomen. It is a vital organ with many functions:

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Oops… There Goes Another Burp!

There Goes Another Burp!

BurpGastroenterologist Dr Andrea Rajnakova from Mount Elizabeth Hospital sheds lights on what causes burping or the sour taste in your mouth which many of us experience occasionally.

Have you ever had the embarrassment of burping in the presence of others? Or, do you occasionally get a sour taste in your mouth or feel a burning sensation in your throat or chest?

According to Dr Andrea Rajnakova, these are some of the symptoms of reflux which happens when the acid in your stomach backs up into your throat and mouth. This constant backwash of acid can irritate the lining of your oesophagus, causing it to become inflamed. The oesophagus is the tube that connects your throat to your stomach. Continue reading Oops… There Goes Another Burp!

Understanding Bloating

Understanding Bloating

Bloating is the discomfort felt around the abdominal area. Abdominal bloating associated with distension is a common symptom in patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders. Bloating is reported by 6% to 31% of the general population.

Bloating may feel as a sharp pain or it may be associated with abdominal cramps. These pain and discomfort may occur anywhere in the abdomen and can change locations quickly. Occasionally it may be mistaken for heart pain when it develops in the chest as a consequence of reflux. Pain on the right side of the abdomen may be occasionally confused with problems in the appendix or the gallbladder. Continue reading Understanding Bloating

Hati Berlemak (Fatty Liver)

Article from Dr. Andrea about fatty liver in Bahasa, published in KanCan magazine in December 2010.



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Digesting The Problem

Digesting The Problem

The digestive system is an intricate system that can be disrupted by disease, diet, or emotional stress. Learn what goes on and help your own body maintain a health digestive system.

Due to every individual’s schedule, especially the working adults, irregular meals or even skipped meals often result in indigestion and digestive problems. Rather than dismiss it as another parcel of a career person, it is better to be more aware of the symptoms and problems improper dietary habits and hectic lifestyle can cause. Continue reading Digesting The Problem

Masalah Pencernaan (Digestive Problems)

Masalah Pencernaan

(article published in KenCan Magazine, 2010)

Ketika mengalami kesulitan pencernaan, biasanya ada hal-hal yang sulit dibahas yang dapat membuat kita menderita. Berikut ini informasi medis mutakhir tentang masalah gastrointestinal umum.

Apakah Kesulitan Mencerna itu?

Ialah ketidaknyamanan yang datang berulang-ulang di bagian tengah atas dari perut. Gangguan ini mungkin terkait dengan kembung (sensasi . . . → Read More: Masalah Pencernaan (Digestive Problems)