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ZRT’s Laboratory Developed Tests - How We Bring Innovative Dried Sample Testing to Market

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By Theodore Zava, ZRT Laboratory  ZRT Laboratory has been working with dried samples for over 15 years, and the number of tests we offer using dried urine and blood spot make us the world expert on dried sample validation and commercialization. ZRT Laboratory specializes in dried sample types because of their superior stability, ease of collection, simple shipment and reduced storage space. Dried urine and blood spot collection is popular with researchers and remote clients, as these sample types open the door for testing in locations that lack refrigeration and equipment necessary for liquid sample collection. In order to offer...

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Long COVID and the Systemic Effects of Post-Viral Syndromes Part I: The Central Nervous System

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By Tracy Tranchitella, ND ZRT Laboratory SARS-CoV-2 has been circulating in the global population for over a year. According to Worldometer, at the time of this writing on March 2, 2021, 115 million people have been infected with the virus, 2.5 million have died, and 90 million have survived the infection to go on to have possible immunity. The immune response to the virus can range from asymptomatic to severe illness and death and has aroused fear and uncertainty around the world. For those who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 and survived, some experience prolonged symptoms beyond recovery from the acute illness....

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Convenience of Collecting Dried Blood Spots at Home for Hormone Testing in the Laboratory

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By Dr.David Zava, ZRT Laboratory COVID-19 is Making Blood Draw Clinics a Scary Place to Be In today’s scary world of rapidly spreading COVID-19 infections, most individuals are hesitant to have their health care provider, or worse, a stranger at a blood draw clinic, violate their mandated social space of 6 feet to allow them to stick a needle in their vein and draw blood for testing hormones. It is understandable why during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic both the physician and staff would rather limit physical contact as much as possible with a potentially infectious COVID-19 patient, and vice versa. Some...

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An Individualized Plan for Managing ADHD: Laboratory Testing & Lifestyle Modifications to Provide Symptom Relief

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By Dr. Kate Placzek, ZRT Laboratory. Many children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) struggle with fitting in and according to some experts, may receive as many as 20,000 negative messages by age 10 than their neurotypical peers. Little wonder then that many struggle with self-esteem and the belief that they are somehow broken. Being labeled as “different” – and this difference perceived as unacceptable to others – can impair an individual’s social development and actually exacerbate their struggles. One study found that children with ADHD whose families expressed high levels of criticism failed to experience the usual decline in...

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Protection from the Effects of Chronic Stress - Phosphatidylserine

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By Dr. Beth Baldwin, ZRT Laboratory If one were to create a word cloud of our clinical consulting calls in 2020, the word “phosphatidylserine” would likely float to the center in a large, bold, brightly colored font. After a year spent coping with a global pandemic, record high unemployment, social distancing, and remote learning for students, accompanied by not only an extreme wildfire season but also a contentious presidential election in the U.S., people are stressed – and it shows. We are seeing plenty of patients with abnormal salivary cortisol profiles, absent, blunted or exaggerated cortisol awakening responses, and symptoms typical of both high...

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