Thursday, 3 January 2019

Warning: One in every 37 type 2 diabetics who take this commonly prescribed drug will have a heart attack, stroke or even AMPUTATION

Two commonly-prescribed type 2 diabetes drugs raise a patient's risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, heart failure and even amputation, research suggests.

Sulfonylureas and basal insulin are often given to patients if the go-to drug metformin fails to lower their blood sugar enough on its own or causes intolerable side effects, such as diarrhoea, muscle pain or vomiting.

But a study found one in every 37 patients prescribed basal insulin suffer a cardiovascular event over the next two years - making them twice as at risk as those on a newer class of drugs called DPP-4 inhibitors.

And one in every 103 on sulfonylureas will have a heart attack or stroke over 24 months - 36 per cent more than those on DPP-4 inhibitors.


Forum: Do not take pop songs so seriously

Popular music, like any form of art, does not necessarily need to be politically correct or teach the right lessons (Did Queen actually sing that?; Nov 18).

Perhaps it is because I am a big fan of British band Queen that I was taken aback by Straits Times film correspondent John Lui's comment that its hit song Bohemian Rhapsody has a "nonsensical" portion because it consists of foreign words.

Art is open to interpretation.

The production quality, vocals and instrumentals are all crucial to a song. Just because a song has lyrics that might not necessarily be understandable does not mean it is nonsensical.

Pop music is a very broad term and offers a wide spectrum of songs. If a person is looking for songs to curate his moral compass, then perhaps he is on the wrong end of the spectrum.

Let us not take pop songs so seriously. After all, they are just here to entertain us.

Lola Koh Le Yi, 16
Secondary 4 student


900,000 Singaporean HDB households to receive U-Save rebate in January

Some 900,000 Singaporean households will receive the next instalment of the GST Voucher – Utilities-Save (U-Save) rebate this month, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on Wednesday (Jan 2).

Eligible Singaporean households will each receive a GST Voucher – U-Save rebate of up to S$100, depending on their Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat type.

“As announced in Budget 2018, eligible households will receive an additional S$20 per year (S$5 per quarter) for 3 years, from 2019 to 2021,” said the MOF. The increase is meant to help households adjust to the carbon tax, which will be implemented from this year.

During the Budget 2018 debate in Parliament, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli had said that the impact of the carbon tax on households is expected to be small at about 1% of the total electricity and gas expenses.


Bestsellers (Books) compiled 1 Jan 2019


1. (1) The Next Person You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

2. (2) The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

3. (4) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

4. (3) Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

5. (6) China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

6. (5) Past Tense by Lee Child

7. (-) Milkman by Anna Burns

8. (7) Fire And Blood by George R.R. Martin

9. (9) Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

10. (-) Legends Of The Condor Heroes #1: A Hero Born by Jin Yong


1. (1) Becoming by Michelle Obama

2. (2) The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

3. (5) This Is What Inequality Looks Like by Teo You Yenn

4. (3) Tall Order by Peh Shing Huei

5. (4) Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope

6. (6) 21 Lessons For The 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

7. (9) Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

8. (8) The Art Of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

9. (7) Brief Answers To The Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

10. (-) Ikigai by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles


1. (1) Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney

2. (2) Dog Man #5: Lord Of The Fleas by Dav Pilkey

3. (3) Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

4. (4) The Ice Monster by David Walliams

5. (5) Dork Diaries #13: Tales From A Not-So-Happy Birthday by Rachel Renee Russell

6. (9) Dog Man #4: Dog Man And Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey

7. (7) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

8. (-) Geronimo Stilton #70: The Phantom Bandit by Geronimo Stilton

9. (-) Roblox Top Adventure Games by Egmont

10. (8) Disney Wreck-It Ralph 2 by Bonnier

• This is The Straits Times' compilation of bestseller lists from Books Kinokuniya, Times, WHSmith and Popular bookstores.


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