The U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill number one in primary care for the first time, according to The Daily Tar Heel. The prestigious distinction signals the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s commitment to quality care when it comes to North Carolina patients. Since the ranking incorporates the opinions of the school’s peers, it’s evident that a number of schools across the United States recognize UNC-Chapel Hill’s strength in medicine. The university's medical school, which enrolls 782 students, was also ranked second in family medicine, fifth in rural medicine, ninth in AIDS research and treatment and 22nd in general research.
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North Carolina appears to have a rich life science sales market when taking into account recent life science funding statistics. North Carolina Biotechnology Center in particular gave $2.9 million in loans and grants to life science companies and researchers during this second fiscal quarter. North Carolina Biotechnology Center has been funding life science researchers and startups since 1984, helping to make North Carolina the third largest biotechnology cluster in the United States. Ten different programs received awards based on entrepreneurship, technology and education. North Carolina now hosts over 500 life science companies and 58,000 employees who earn an average salary greater than $78,000.
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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently began construction on a new facility that will be used for research on brain injuries, according to Vice President for Facilities Planning and Development Ray Lafrenaye and a Chapelboro.com news article. The facility will be named the Comprehensive Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center and is being constructed in the former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Border’s bookstore building on Fordham Boulevard. The center is planning on opening for operations in the next few months.
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On November 9, the board of directors at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, North Carolina, made the unanimous decision to take the next step in their exclusive negotiations with the UNC Health Care System. Close to 75 miles northwest of Charlotte, the 110-bed acute care hospital employs a network of about 50 primary and specialty care physicians as well as advance practice professionals.
Science researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently conducted a study that shows that boys in the United States are entering into puberty earlier than in the past, sometimes as young as at the age of nine, according to a UNC Chapel Hill news article. The research was published online in the journal Pediatrics and presented on October 20th at an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conference and exhibition in New Orleans.