The ZRT Laboratory Blog

The ZRT Blog is an extensive resource for patients and health care providers searching for health and hormone testing information. Here, you can read about ZRT’s cutting edge research, advances in testing, wellness advice, and health industry highlights.

A Case Study for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Margaret Groves on Thursday, 18 October

ZRT Laboratory Analyzes Neurotransmitter Test Results of a Postmenopausal Woman with Breast CancerDid you know that ZRT offers clinical case reviews for neurotransmitter testing? 

If you want to learn more, check out Dr. Kate’s Clinical Cases, a library of presentations, created by Dr. Kate Placzek, to assess patient issues with the aid of neurotransmitter testing. 

You’ll find case presentations focused on various conditions from anxiety and depression, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia and many others, highlighting real patients and their results, ranging in age from children to postmenopause, as well as a veteran with PTSD.

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month let’s take a closer look at a recent case study of a postmenopausal woman with breast cancer.

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A Case Study for Menopause Awareness

Posted by Margaret Groves on Friday, 14 September

Postmenopausal women using ZRT Laboratory's neurotransmitter testing to assess her current medical issues

Looking for case studies on how neurotransmitter testing can help patients? Want to learn more about interpreting these tests?

We invite you to discover Dr. Kate’s Clinical Cases, a library of presentations, created by Dr. Kate Placzek, to assess patient issues with the aid of neurotransmitter testing. You’ll find case reviews on conditions including anxiety and depression, ADHD, PTSD, insomnia and many others – highlighting real patients and their results, ranging in age from children to post-menopause, as well as a veteran with PTSD.

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The Role of Estrogen & the Microbiome in Preserving Bone Health

Posted by Dr. Kate Placzek on Saturday, 12 May

Mature hands holding young hands

I remember my great-grandmother’s hands. So capable, big and warm, covered in freckles, ready to comfort, unbending the clawed rigidity to softly wipe my tears.

I remember her powerful, beautiful mind, endless with patience, tirelessly reading my favorite story over and over from a tattered book. I remember her, trapped in a creaky body, moving slowly around the kitchen in a sort of graceful dance with pain, cooking, cleaning, all the while humming, singing to herself.

In that time and space, to my child eyes, she seemed timeless and invincible. Now all I have are the sweetest memories of her. And the photographs of her looking so lovely and so fragile. She was one of the lucky ones – no falls, no breaks, no fractures. Instead, she quietly, silently, withered, shrank onto herself, rounded back and all.

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The Impact of Hormones on Serotonin in Depression

Posted by Dr. Kate Placzek on Friday, 09 February

Illustration of brain and serotonin structureSerotonin, or rather its deficiency, frequently steals the spotlight in conversations regarding depression.  Initially discovered as a component of serum in 1948 to regulate vasoconstriction (serotonin = serum + tone), the role of serotonin in depressive disorders wasn't implied until a few years later. Since then, much effort has been dedicated by scientists and clinicians alike to understand the wondrous complexity of the seemingly inscrutable code that is serotonin neurotransmission. In fact, some of the major breakthroughs in psychopharmacology happened with serotonin in mind – the discovery of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) prominently expanded the therapeutic toolbox for mental health practitioners.      

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