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رئيس جمهورية أرمينيا يمنح ليون زكي وسام العرفان

تقديراَ لجهوده في تطوير العلاقات الاقتصادية بين سوريا وأرمينيا، قلد السفير الأرميني بدمشق الدكتور أرشاك بولاديان وسام العرفان من رئيس جمهورية أرمينيا سيرج سركيسيان لرئيس مجلس الأعمال السوري الأرميني ليون زكي.

Arab League Requests U.N. Probe over Israeli Prisons

The Arab League called Thursday on the United Nations to open an international inquiry in to “violations” against Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails as some inmates enter their third week of hunger strikes.

Statins Don’t Cause Muscle Pain

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may have been wrongly blamed for muscle pain and weakness, said a study Wednesday that pointed the finger at a psychological phenomenon called the “nocebo” effect.

It happens when people suffer side-effects because they expect to — the opposite of the “placebo” effect when a patient gets better on a dummy drug they believe to be the real thing.

“Patients can experience very real pain as a result of the nocebo effect and the expectation that drugs will cause harm,” said Peter Sever of Imperial College London, the lead author of a study published in The Lancet medical journal.

In this case, multiple reports of alleged side-effects from statins appear to have convinced people to experience them — and prompted many to stop taking the drug.

A large-scale quitting of statins is estimated to have resulted in “thousands of fatal and disabling heart attacks and strokes, which would otherwise have been avoided,” wrote the research team.

“Seldom in the history of modern therapeutics have the substantial proven benefits of a treatment been compromised to such an extent by serious misrepresentations of the evidence for its safety.”

Statins are prescribed to lower cholesterol in people at high risk of heart attack or a stroke. 

Known side effects include an increased diabetes risk, the study said. But muscle pain and weakness has remained contentious, with some studies finding a link, and others none.

The latest study offers an explanation for the apparent contradiction.

– Benefits outweigh risks -Data gathered from about 10,000 people in Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia between 1998 and 2004, showed that patients who did not know they were given a statin in a drug trial did not report significantly more muscle complaints.

It is only when they were told they were taking a statin that people started complaining of muscle ailments — 41 percent more compared to those not taking the drug.

The muscle symptoms thus appeared “unlikely to be due to the drug itself”, Sever told AFP.

“Just as the placebo effect can be very strong, so too can the nocebo effect.”

The researchers also found no evidence for a heightened risk of erectile dysfunction or sleep disturbance from statin use.

“We hope that patients will understand this and be prepared to take the statin,” said Sever.

“The problem is that patients and doctors are not prescribing statins or patients are not taking them for fear of side effects. They need to weigh up the benefit of the statins and the risks. The latter are minimal.”

Amitava Banerjee of University College London, an expert in drug trial analysis, said the study showed that “muscle pain is very common, but far less commonly caused by statins.”

“If you are at high risk of cardiovascular disease or have had a heart attack or stroke and a statin is recommended, fear of muscle-related side effects alone should not prevent you taking a statin,” Banerjee, who was not involved in the study, commented via the Science Media Centre in London.

One limitation of the study was that it considered a single statin, atorvastatin.

The trial was funded by Pfizer, which markets atorvastatin under the trade name Lipitor.

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In rejecting Obama’s Asia ‘pivot,’ did Trump leap before he looked?

While Trump has indicated a military commitment to the region, he has yet to spell out his vision for business and trade relations to replace the rejected TPP. ASEAN foreign ministers visit Washington Thursday, eager to hear about a Plan B.

Howard LaFranchi

Better housing as a path out of poverty: a tough test in Houston

Relocating poor families to affordable housing in wealthier districts leads to gains in health and education, research shows. But a Houston plan was withdrawn after facing strong local opposition.

Simon Montlake

Staff Writer

Երաժշտական Համերգ` Հայոց Ցեղասպանութեան 102-Ամեակին Առիթով

Հայոց ցեղասպանութեան 102-ամեակին առիթով երէկ` 4 մայիս 2017-ին, երեկոյեան ժամը 8:00-ին, Քասլիքի Ս. Հոգի համալսարանի երաժշտութեան բաժանմունքին նախաձեռնութեամբ տեղի ունեցաւ երաժշտական տպաւորիչ համերգ:

The man who is ‘not Le Pen’ – and would be president of France

Emmanuel Macron promises to shake up a country desperately in need of it. But can a man, who has been buoyed as much by audacity as by intellect and savvy, have the fortitude to bring France forward with the tough reforms it needs?

Sara Miller Llana

Staff writer

MAY 4, 2017  

If Le Pen beats Macron, the once-unthinkable will be all too real

By Ishaan Tharoor –  The  Washington Post

Forget Britain’s vote for Brexit. Forget President Trump’s November win. If Marine Le Pen somehow defeats Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential runoff vote on Sunday, it may be the biggest electoral shock in the West so far this century.

The values clash behind Republican health-care reform

Republicans in the House of Representatives narrowly won a 217-213 vote Thursday to replace key parts of Obamacare. The legislation now faces an even tougher path in the Senate.

Mark Trumbull

China mulls investing $500bn in Silk Road plan

As China is pushing ahead an ambitious plan to revive the ancient intercontinental Silk Road trade route, speculations have emerged in the media that the country may invest half a trillion dollars in the crucial connectivity project. 

Beyond Tomatoes: What Will Improved Bilateral Ties Mean for Russia and Turkey?

The recent talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated that Moscow and Ankara are poised and ready to become strategic partners, Turkish experts told Sputnik.

US deploys F-15 fighter jets to Israel for air drills: Report

The United States has deployed an unspecified number of F-15 fighter jets to Israel to conduct joint exercises with the Israeli air force in the next two weeks, according to a report.

Pakistan to change Iran border military formation: Iranian official

Islamabad has agreed to change the formation of its military forces on the border with Iran after Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to the neighboring state for talks on the recent massacre of Iranian border guards.

2002էն Ի Վեր Հայաստանէն Կ՛արտագաղթէ Տարեկան Մինչեւ 30 Հազար Հոգի

ԵՐԵՒԱՆ.- Գաղթականական պետական ծառայութեան պետ Գագիկ Եգանեան Հինգշաբթի, 4 Մայիսին, կառավարութեան նիստէն ետք լրագրողներու յայտնած է, որ 2002էն ի վեր Հայաստանէն տարեկան արտագաղթած է մինչեւ 30 հազար հոգի:

Syria safe zones closed for US-led warplanes: Russian envoy

Russia says the de-escalation zones agreed to be formed in four conflict zones across Syria will be closed for warplanes of the US and its coalition allies.

Russia to resume wheat exports to Turkey, Ankara told to keep tomatoes

Ankara has withdrawn a 130 percent tariff on Russian grain following the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi.

Dollar extends gains, but most Asia stocks fall

AFP

HONG KONG: The dollar built on the previous day’s gains on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve opened the door for another US interest rate hike next month, while Seoul outperformed most other Asian markets to end at a record high.

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