Health Report: Nov. 1, 1993

THE GOOD NEWS

-- Dipping raw oysters in Louisiana hot sauce may be frowned upon in fancy French restaurants, but it could keep an aficionado out of the hospital. In laboratory tests, the spicy flavoring killed four kinds of bacteria that can contaminate shellfish and that cause ailments ranging from mild diarrhea to potentially fatal blood poisoning.

-- Two promising announcements were made at an obesity conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the first, researchers reported they may have found the chemical in the brain that triggers a person's craving for fat, as well as a way to block its action. Another...

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