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Probiotics studies often don’t disclose safety data or risks, report finds

As consumer interest grows in probiotics and other supplements that claim to regulate gut microbes, experts are posing a critical question: Are they safe?

Probiotics are increasingly popular, from Greek yogurt and kombucha to pills chock-full of bacteria in the supplement section of the grocery store. But a new analysis published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine finds that many studies of probiotics and similar products fail to adequately report on safety and adverse events. And without that information, the authors say, it’s impossible to broadly conclude whether the products are safe.

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