Probiotics – Not All They Seem 
Recent studies on the health effects of probiotics draw into question the claims made by their proponents, and even indicate possible negative effects. Long story short, in healthy guts they tend to just pass through; in less robust ones they may cause problems. Ars Technica has the story: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/probiotics-if-you-dont-just-just-poop-them-out-they-may-muck-up-your-guts/

The Tangled Web of an Opioid Empire 
The Sackler family controls Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. Misconduct by Purdue led to criminal sanctions on the firm in 2007. Still, accusations of misconduct persist, today. Now we learn that the Sacklers also run Rhodes Pharma, a producer of generic opioids. Ars Technica can fill you in: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/after-illegally-pushing-oxycontin-super-rich-family-set-up-2nd-opioid-company/

But, wait, there’s more. Purdue just got a patent on a drug to treat opioid addiction. CBS has that news: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oxycontin-maker-receives-patent-for-drug-to-treat-opioid-addiction/

Multi-State Superbug Outbreak Blamed on Puppies 
The overuse of antibiotics in livestock has long been implicated as an incubator for drug-resistant pathogens. Now a regional outbreak of infection can be traced to the overuse of antibiotics by dog breeders. Ars Technica has the details: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/09/drugged-puppies-blamed-for-spreading-diarrhea-superbugs-in-multi-state-outbreak/

Food and Mental Health 
The Wall Street Journal does reports on the burgeoning practice of treating mental health issues through diet: https://www.wsj.com/articles/feed-your-head-foods-that-target-depression-and-anxiety-1532629120?mod=djmc_pkt_ff&tier_1=21662325&tier_2=dcm&tier_3=21662325&tier_4=0&tier_5=4508749