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Sai Krupa Das, Taylor A Vail, Namibia Lebrón-Torres, Kara A Livingston, Susan B Roberts, Gail T Rogers, Cheryl H Gilhooly, Lorien E Urban, Edward Saltzman, Nicola M McKeown, Sara C Folta
BACKGROUND: Nutrition clubs (NC) operate in community settings and provide members with nutrition education and meal replacements for weight management. NC are owned and operated by distributors of Herbalife products. There are over 6200 NC in the US, but there has been no independent assessment of the association of these NC with biomarkers of health. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional pilot study to compare the health status of 100 NC members to 100 community-matched controls (CC) in the greater Boston area...
April 11, 2017: BMC Public Health
Fernanda Ferreira Rios, Luiz Antônio Rodrigues de Freitas, Liana Codes, Genario Oliveira Santos Junior, Maria Isabel Schinoni, Raymundo Paraná
 Introduction and aim. Non-cirrhotic idiopathic portal hypertension (NCIPH), also known as hepatoportal sclerosis (HPS) is a disease of uncertain etiology. However, various pathophysiological mechanisms has been postulated, including chronic or recurrent infections and exposure to drugs or toxins. In this context, it appears to be of multifactorial etiology or resulting from a portal vascular endothelium aggression. It is important to consider whether the use of dietary supplements and herbs can trigger or contribute to the occurance of HPS...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Miren García-Cortés, Mercedes Robles-Díaz, Aida Ortega-Alonso, Inmaculada Medina-Caliz, Raul J Andrade
Dietary supplements (DS) are extensively consumed worldwide despite unproven efficacy. The true incidence of DS-induced liver injury (DSILI) is unknown but is probably under-diagnosed due to the general belief of safety of these products. Reported cases of herbals and DS-induced liver injury are increasing worldwide. The aim of this manuscript is to report a tabular listing with a description of DS associated with hepatotoxicity as well as review the phenotype and severity of DSILI. Natural remedies related to hepatotoxicity can be divided into herbal product-induced liver injury and DS-induced liver injury...
April 9, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Kristy Appelhans, Raushanah Najeeullah, Vasilios Frankos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2015: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Edgardo Mengual-Moreno, Maribel Lizarzábal-García, María Ruiz-Soler, Niniveth Silva-Suarez, Raúl Andrade-Bellido, Maribel Lucena-González, Fernando Bessone, Nelia Hernández, Adriana Sánchez, Inmaculada Medina-Cáliz
Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with varied geographical differences. The aim of this prospective, descriptive, cross-sectional study was to identify and characterize cases of DILI in a hospital of Zulia state, Venezuela. Thirteen patients with a presumptive diagnosis of DILI attended by the Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital Universitario, Zulia state, Venezuela, from December-2012 to December-2013 were studied. Ibuprofen (n = 3; 23.1%), acetaminophen (n = 3; 23...
March 2015: Investigación Clínica
Francisco Garrido-Gallego, Raquel Muñoz-Gómez, Carolina Muñoz-Codoceo, Pilar Delgado-Álvarez, Inmaculada Fernández-Vázquez, Gregorio Castellano
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2015: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Kristy Appelhans, Raushanah Najeeullah, Vasilios Frankos
The authors of the subject article by Senadhi et al have misrepresented the safety and regulatory status of Herbalife's products. While we are very concerned with the unwarranted and unfavorable publicity that the inaccuracies listed could generate for Herbalife, we would welcome any inquiries that these authors may have to better clarify our commitment to the safety and quality of our products as has been demonstrated in part by our ability to establish positive relationships with regulatory authorities worldwide through continued cooperation and compliance...
October 27, 2013: World Journal of Hepatology
Rolf Teschke, Christian Frenzel, Johannes Schulze, Alexander Schwarzenboeck, Axel Eickhoff
AIM: To analyze the validity of applied test criteria and causality assessment methods in assumed Herbalife hepatotoxicity with positive reexposure tests. METHODS: We searched the Medline database for suspected cases of Herbalife hepatotoxicity and retrieved 53 cases including eight cases with a positive unintentional reexposure and a high causality level for Herbalife. First, analysis of these eight cases focused on the data quality of the positive reexposure cases, requiring a baseline value of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) < 5 upper limit of normal (N) before reexposure, with N as the upper limit of normal, and a doubling of the ALT value at reexposure as compared to the ALT value at baseline prior to reexposure...
July 27, 2013: World Journal of Hepatology
Rolf Teschke, Johannes Schulze, Alexander Schwarzenboeck, Axel Eickhoff, Christian Frenzel
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Alternative explanations are common in suspected drug-induced liver injury (DILI) and account for up to 47.1% of analyzed cases. This raised the question of whether a similar frequency may prevail in cases of assumed herb-induced liver injury (HILI). METHODS: We searched the Medline database for the following terms: herbs, herbal drugs, herbal dietary supplements, hepatotoxic herbs, herbal hepatotoxicity, and herb-induced liver injury...
September 2013: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
C Bunchorntavakul, K R Reddy
BACKGROUND: Herbal and dietary supplements are commonly used throughout the World. There is a tendency for underreporting their ingestion by patients and the magnitude of their use is underrecognised by Physicians. Herbal hepatotoxicity is not uncommonly encountered, but the precise incidence and manifestations have not been well characterised. AIMS: To review the epidemiology, presentation and diagnosis of herbal hepatotoxicity. This review will mainly discuss single ingredients and complex mixtures of herbs marketed under a single label...
January 2013: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Viplove Senadhi, Deepika Arora, Manish Arora, Franklin Marsh
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on numerous herbal drugs, including many popular products at General Nutrition Centers (GNC), regarding unstudied hepatotoxicity. There have been recent reports of GNC products such as hydroxycut and herbalife, causing drug-induced hepatitis. Herbal medications are over-the-counter products and are not investigated thoroughly by the FDA. Given that the most common outpatient laboratory abnormality is elevated liver transaminases, a sign of hepatocellular toxicity; it is not surprising that some of these products end up causing hepatic dysfunction, especially when taken in large volume...
August 27, 2012: World Journal of Hepatology
Rolf Teschke, Albrecht Wolff, Christian Frenzel, Johannes Schulze, Axel Eickhoff
BACKGROUND: Herbal hepatotoxicity is a field that has rapidly grown over the last few years along with increased use of herbal products worldwide. AIMS: To summarize the various facets of this disease, we undertook a literature search for herbs, herbal drugs and herbal supplements with reported cases of herbal hepatotoxicity. METHODS: A selective literature search was performed to identify published case reports, spontaneous case reports, case series and review articles regarding herbal hepatotoxicity...
November 2012: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Kristy Appelhans, Casey Smith, Ezra Bejar, Y Steve Henig
In the November 27, 2010 issue of the World Journal of Hepatology (WJH), three case reports were published which involved patients who had consumed various dietary supplements and conventional foods generally marketed as weight loss products. The reference to Herbalife products as contaminated and generally comparable to all dietary supplements or weight loss products is not scientifically supported. The authors provided an insufficient amount of information regarding patient histories, concomitant medications and other compounds, dechallenge results, and product specifications and usage...
October 27, 2011: World Journal of Hepatology
Gloria Manso, Laureano López-Rivas, M Esther Salgueiro, Jose M Duque, Francisco J Jimeno, Raúl J Andrade, M Isabel Lucena
PURPOSE: Previous publications have linked Herbalife® products to hepatotoxicity. The identification of earlier cases in which the culprit agent could not be established raised the hypothesis of a possible contamination of some specific batches of Herbalife products. METHODS: We searched the Spanish Pharmacovigilance Centres' database of adverse reactions for reports of liver injury associated with the use of Herbalife products from 2003, when the first case was submitted, through September 2010...
October 2011: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Felix Stickel, Kerstin Kessebohm, Rosemarie Weimann, Helmut K Seitz
Dietary supplements (DS) are easily available and increasingly used, and adverse hepatic reactions have been reported following their intake. To critically review the literature on liver injury because of DSs, delineating patterns and mechanisms of injury and to increase the awareness towards this cause of acute and chronic liver damage. Studies and case reports on liver injury specifically because of DSs published between 1990 and 2010 were searched in the PubMed and EMBASE data bases using the terms 'dietary/nutritional supplements', 'adverse hepatic reactions', 'liver injury'; 'hepatitis', 'liver failure', 'vitamin A' and 'retinoids', and reviewed for yet unidentified publications...
May 2011: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Gary C Chen, Vivek S Ramanathan, David Law, Pauline Funchain, George C Chen, Samuel French, Boris Shlopov, Viktor Eysselein, David Chung, Sonya Reicher, Binh V Pham
We report three cases of patients with acute liver injury induced by weight-loss herbal supplements. One patient took Hydroxycut while the other two took Herbalife supplements. Liver biopsies for all patients demonstrated findings consistent with drug-induced acute liver injury. To our knowledge, we are the first institute to report acute liver injury from both of these two types of weight-loss herbal supplements together as a case series. The series emphasizes the importance of taking a cautious approach when consuming herbal supplements for the purpose of weight loss...
November 27, 2010: World Journal of Hepatology
Steve Chen, Woosong Kim, Susanne M Henning, Catherine L Carpenter, Zhaoping Li
BACKGROUND: Human exercise capacity declines with advancing age. These changes often result in loss of physical fitness and more rapid senescence. Nitric oxide (NO) has been implicated in improvement of exercise capacity through vascular smooth muscle relaxation in both coronary and skeletal muscle arteries, as well as via independent mechanisms. Antioxidants may prevent nitric oxide inactivation by oxygen free radicals. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of an L-arginine and antioxidant supplement on exercise performance in elderly male cyclists...
March 23, 2010: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
Magnús Jóhannsson, Sif Ormarsdóttir, Sigurdur Olafsson
OBJECTIVE: Many herbal products are known to be hepatotoxic. In a recent survey in Iceland concerning adverse reactions related to herbal medicines, Herbalife products were implicated in the majority of the reported cases of hepatotoxicity. METHODS: The clinical presentations of five cases of Herbalife related liver injury during the period of 1999-2008 are analysed. Causality was assessed by using the WHO-UMC system for causality assessment and the RUCAM method...
March 2010: Læknablađiđ
Vivek S Ramanathan, Gary Hensley, Samuel French, Victor Eysselein, David Chung, Sonya Reicher, Binh Pham
The use of over-the-counter supplements is commonplace in today's health conscious society. We present an unusual case of intrahepatic cholestasis caused by vitamin A intoxication. The patient consumed one Herbalife shake with two multivitamin tablets of the same brand for 12 years. When calculated this equated to more than the recommended daily allowance for vitamin A consumption. Deranged liver function tests were consistent with a cholestatic process. Liver biopsy was obtained and revealed features pathognomonic of vitamin A toxicity, without the usual fibrosis...
April 2010: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
Sara Chao, Margarita Anders, Maximiliano Turbay, Emiliano Olaiz, Lucas Mc Cormack, Ricardo Mastai
Toxic hepatitis by consumption Herbalife products is an affection poorly documented and with a great impact in the population due to their massive consumption. We present the case of a 63-years-old woman with probable diagnosis of toxic hepatitis secondary to the consumption of nutritional supplements Herbalife. The nutritional supplements based on natural ingredients are of massive consumption worldwide. Because they are recognized like innocuous and of non-controlled comercialization, they lack suitable controls...
December 2008: Acta Gastroenterologica Latinoamericana
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