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Summer Bazaar Students at Kuwait American School organized a summer bazaar inclusive of thirty small businesses who sold their services and unique products to its guests. Booths comprised of businesses offering desserts, summer programs, jewelry, beauty products, and others. The bazaar was a charity expo supporting the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation- the largest active resource to provide patient support and information for all types of Mesothelioma. Donations and sponsors contributed to this event, further assisting in the contributions for the Meso Foundation. In the presence of H.E Sheikha Awrad Jaber Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, students of KAS, as well as college students, had the chance to experience aspects of business ownership and responsibility. The event successfully raised awareness on cancer and was made in loving memory of Wajiha Al Habib, the director of KAS. Providentially, the summer bazaar was a success and guests of the event keenly await another of its kind in the near future. Exhibition at AUK What is Mesothelium! The Art& Graphic Design Program (GDES) at AUK inaugurated its Senior Capstone Exhibition. The event was held in the Multipurpose Room and the Auditorium at the AUK Salmiya Campus. The opening ceremony was attended by the AUK President, Dr. Winfred Thompson, and saw a high turnout from AUK students, faculty, parents, and media. During the exhibition, the participating senior students showcased and presented their graduation projects to visitors, who were impressed by the creativity of the designs and concepts. The themes of the exhibition included identity designs, business concepts, awareness projects, child health projects, among others. Social activism campaigns to re-brand identity were the core essence of this year’s exhibition. The mesothelium cells produce lubricating fluids that enable the intestines, heart, lungs and testicles to move and slide freely. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that causes the cells to divide without control, destroying the organs either by directly invading them or by restricting their movements. Exposure to large amounts of Asbestos has proved to be the cause in 90% of reported cases. Mesothelioma almost often leads to malignant tumours, degrading the body until death. There have been three reported types of Mesothelioma; Epithelioid, being the most common with 50-70% reported cases, as well as being the most likely to survive, Sarcomatoid, occurring in 7-20% of cases and more fatal as it can affect bone, muscle, cartilage and/or fat and Mixed/biphasic, which makes up for the 20-30% reported, referring to both at once. Symptoms can show 15-50 years after initial exposure with early symptoms including chest pains, shortness of breath, dry cough, and hoarse breathing, often leading to it being mistaken for other problems. Surgery is considered the most common treatment consisting of either removal of the affected area or extraction of fluid followed by chemotherapy or radiation to kill the remaining cancer cells. In 2004, Pemetrexed has been approved as a chemotherapy drug under the manufacturing name Alimta or Pemecad with cited side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite and skin rash.

june issue 2012

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