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Research Briefs

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Nov. 3, 2006 -- No. 526

New UNC program aims to help women cope
with side effects of breast cancer therapy

A new exercise and recreational therapy program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will help women with invasive breast cancer deal with the often debilitating side effects of cancer treatment.

Get REAL (Recreation, Exercise, Active, Living) & HEEL is a collaboration between the department of exercise and sport science and UNC's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. With the support of a $42,316 grant from the North Carolina Triangle Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the program will be offered free to a limited number of women in a 13-county region who are referred by their physicians. Enrollment has begun.

All participants will work with a personal trainer and a recreational therapist to design an individual exercise and recreation plan to help manage cancer treatment-related symptoms. Each person will participate in the program for one hour, three times a week for six months.

Researchers will try to determine if these activities reduce side effects associated with breast cancer treatment and explore how women respond to these combined therapies. Pain, depression, worry and fatigue are among the most prevalent adverse side effects.

For information, contact Dr. Claudio Battaglini at (919) 843-6045, claudio@email.unc.edu; or Diane Groff at (919) 962-0534, groff@email.unc.edu; or visit http://www.unc.edu/depts/exercise/RTB/index.htm.

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Folkstreams.net, online archive,
wins more federal support

The video-streaming Web site folkstreams.net, a growing archive of documentary films about American folk and roots culture, has received another vote of confidence from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The institute's latest nod to the project, a $129,424 National Leadership Grant, will allow archivists to add 35 films to the site. The award also will fund the addition of a guide to the best practices in video digitization; video clips for the site's section on video aids for film preservation; and portals, guides and outreach materials especially for senior citizens and teachers.

The site, begun in 2002, now offers more than 70 films. Viewing the materials online is free.

Folkstreams Inc., a nonprofit organization, is developing the site with UNC's School of Information and Library Science, Southern Folklife Collection in Wilson Library and ibiblio.org, a free public library of digital material on the Internet, which provides server space and digital streams for folkstreams.net.

The site streams supporting materials along with each documentary, including filmmakers' comments and scholars' essays on people, cultures and traditions represented in the films.

Previously, folkstreams.net received a $95,000 National Leadership Grant from the institute, plus additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, contact Dan Patterson at (919) 929-5180 or dnlptrsn001@nc.rr.com; or Paul Jones at (919) 962-7600 or pjones@ibiblio.org.

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Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center contact: Dianne Shaw, (919) 966-5905, dianne_shaw@med.unc.edu
College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093, spurrk@email.unc.edu
School of Information and Library Science contact: Wanda Monroe, (919) 843-8337, wmonroe@email.unc.edu