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Politics keeps researcher here

Excerpts from the Globe's blog on the Boston-area medical community.

Prominent Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientist Kevin C. Eggan says he would consider moving to a Kansas City, Mo., research center. Eggan's Harvard lab is supported by the same donors who built the Missouri research center, and his funding contract leaves open the possibility of relocating his lab to Kansas City "if the political situation improved," he said, confirming a New York Times story Friday.

Even though Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment in November to allow stem cell research, state legislators have proposed many bills that would limit the research. "The political situation is anything but clear," Eggan said.


Inspection results released

Following the lead of Boston's other large teaching hospitals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center released results Friday of its inspection by a national oversight organization -- results usually kept secret.

The hospital posted on its website its report from the Joint Commission, which identified nine areas where the hospital needs to improve, including failure to ask patients to list their medications or to update medication records; and failure to properly assess or record patients' pain levels.

In the past few months, five academic medical centers in Boston have released their results.


Insurance outreach effort

The Boston Public Health Commission has launched an effort to help the uninsured -- and particularly Latinos -- sign up for new health coverage. In Boston, fewer Latinos have insurance than any other ethnic or racial group, according to the commission.

The commission will host enrollment days from 9 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday this year at Boston Public School family resource centers in Roxbury, Roslindale, Dorchester, and East Boston.


Game show hot seat

Boston University graduate student Ogi Ogas used his knowledge of how the brain works to prepare for "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," as he described in a Globe story last year. And he did well enough to take home $500,000 and be invited to another show.

Last week the cognitive neuroscience student won his match on the Game Show Network's Grand Slam, a competition among winners of other game shows.

Next up: Ogas's match against Jeopardy champion Brad Rutter at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Ogas plans to watch the previously taped show with friends at home in the Leather District, where he bought a condo with his "Millionaire" winnings.