Walk for Thought Online Registration Now Open

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The 2016 Walk for Thought will take place on Saturday, September 17 at the Duluth Lakewalk in Duluth, Silver Lake in Rochester, CentraCare Health Plaza in Saint Cloud, and at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton in the Twin Cities. Celebrate the strengths and successes of the thousands of individuals who have experienced brain injury, along with their families, friends and the professionals who work with them at this year’s Walk for Thought.

Find out more and start your team today!

Click here to donate online today!

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Take the “My Stroke Risk Assessment”

Take the My Stroke Risk Assessment
Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke; it is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of disability in our country. However, many strokes can be prevented! The first step is knowing your risk factors and how your choices could lead you to increased chance of stroke. The Minnesota Stroke Association has developed an assessment tool to empower you to make healthier choices and raise awareness of what specific areas you can improve to lower your risk.

Click here to take your Stroke Risk Assessment to help you better understand your individual risk factors.

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An Event for Those With Relapsing MS

Dr. Robert Jacoby

Dr. Robert Jacoby

An Event for Those With Relapsing MS

Join board-certified neurologist Dr. Robert Jacoby and a nutrition expert as they discuss Multiple Sclerosis, the benefits of anti-inflammatory eating, and an oral treatment option for relapsing MS.

June 13th, 2016

Westin Edina Galleria
3201 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435

Speaker: Dr. Robert Jacoby

Use event code TR365097
RSVP at www.healthfoodevent.com or call 1-866-703-6293

Print a copy of the invitation with details: Dr. Jacoby & Nutritionist MS Presentation

If you or a loved one are concerned about a possible diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, or have already been diagnosed and are looking for someone to help manage your disease, call Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to schedule an appointment with a doctor specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

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Changing the Pace of Parkinson’s: A Community Educational Event

Changing the Pace of Parkinson’s
Life-enhancing Advances in Symptom Control

You’re invited to attend a special educational event to hear how advances in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease are making a difference in people’s lives.

Expert neurologists and a neurosurgeon will present medical and surgical breakthroughs and options that can minimize the difficult symptoms. Patients will share how their lives have been enhanced by these treatments. This compelling presentation is intended to enlighten and encourage all who are touched by Parkinson’s disease.


Monday, June 27

5:30pm  Registration
6-7:30pm  Presentation

Hilton Garden Inn
420 Inwood Avenue
Oakdale, MN 55128



Dr. Okeanis Vaou


Dr. Eleanor Orehek

Dr. Gregg Dyste

Dr. Gregg Dyste







Okeanis Vaou, M.D., Neurologist, Noran Neurological Clinic
Eleanor Orehek, M.D., Neurologist, Noran Neurological Clinic
Gregg Dyste, M.D., Neurosurgeon, Metropolitan Neurosurgery


Call: 651.259.9575
Email: parkinsonsprogram@noranclinic.com
* There is no charge for this program, but seats are limited. A light meal will be provided.

Program in cooperation with:


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Dr. Friday joins Jodi Ricatta on “Inside Healthcare” to discuss seizures and epilepsy

Dr. Tacjana Friday, board certified neurologist and epileptologist (a neurologist who specializes in the treatment of epilepsy and seizure disorders), was recently interviewed on Inside HealthCare as a guest expert on epilepsy and seizures. She and host Jodi Ricatta discuss epilepsy, seizure, treatments, triggers and more. If you missed the May show, you can watch it below.

You can also find the original video on the OLTV19 YouTube channel here:
Inside HealthCare May 2016

For more information and interviews from Dr. Tacjana Friday, visit her bio page at Noran Clinic’s website: Dr. Tacjana Friday

If you or a loved one may be experiencing seizures or spells that may indicate seizure activity, speak with your primary care doctor or contact Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to schedule an appointment with a neurologist specializing in epilepsy and seizure disorders.

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Benefit for Huntington’s Disease on Sat., May 14th

LL Guthrie Benefit Poster

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month!

This Saturday, May 14th, join the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Upper Midwest Chapter for a new benefit concert in St. Paul to raise awareness and celebrate Woody Guthrie, who died from Huntington’s Disease in 1967. There is still time to get involved, but if you aren’t able to make it this weekend and still want to support the event, donations are accepted through the end of the year.

Here is a printable PDF of the poster with details:
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Not sure what Huntington’s Disease is, or who Woody Guthrie is and why he’s important to the society? Watch this video from HDSA.

If you have questions about a possible diagnosis of Huntington’s or another movement disorder, or are seeking treatment, please contact Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to schedule an appointment with a neurologist experienced in the diagnosis and management of this disease.

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Congrats to Dr. Damergis on Rising Star selection for the 2nd year in a row!

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We are proud to share that Dr. John Damergis was was selected once again to theTop Doctors Rising Stars list in Mpls-St. Paul Magazine! Rising Star is a subcategory among Super Doctors, “highlighting Twin Cities physicians who have noteworthy achievements early in their careers.” We will look forward to seeing Dr. Damergis included in this list in the October 2016 publication of Mpls St. Paul Magazine, as well as online at mspmag.com and superdoctors.com!

To see the criteria used to select doctors for both the Super Doctors list and the Rising Stars list, check out The Super Doctors Selection Process

To learn more about Dr. Damergis, check out his bio here: Dr. Damergis Bio

Congratulations on being a Rising Star for the second year in a row, Dr. Damergis! We at Noran Clinic and Noran Sleep Center are lucky to have you and look forward to watching you continue to shine!

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Inside Health Care – local cable channel interviews with Noran Neurologists

If you are interested in catching one of our doctors discussing a particular neurological specialty on an upcoming episode of “Inside Health Care” with Jodi Ricatta, check to see if it will be airing on a local cable channel in your area. You can also watch it on the noran clinic blog once it is available to share!

Inside Health Care TV schedule


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Dr. Vaou discusses Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease on The Mary Hanson Show

Dr. Okeanis Vaou, board certified neurologist at Noran Clinic and fellowship trained in sleep medicine and movement disorders, has been a recurring guest on The Mary Hanson Show to discuss the non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. In a recent interview that aired March 14th, 2016, Mary Hanson and Dr. Vaou discuss dementia and Parkinson’s Disease. Watch the video below of her interview and learn more about this important, invisible symptom of Parkinson’s Disease with Mary Hanson and Dr. Okeanis Vaou.

You can find the original video posted on Mary Hanson’s YouTube page here: Mary Hanson Interviews Dr. Vaou About Dementia and Parkinson’s.

You can also watch the previous interview with Dr. Vaou from 2013 and 2014:

Mary Hanson Interviews Dr. Vaou About the Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s (2013)
Mary Hanson Interviews Dr. Vaou About Depression and Parkinson’s (2014)

To learn more about Dr. Vaou, visit her bio page here.



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Boxing-fitness: A new tool in battling Parkinson’s Disease

The Pioneer Press recently ran an article featuring a new boxing class offered by Title Boxing that is aimed at improving fitness and, it has been found, slowing the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.

“Exercise is the closest thing we have to a cure,” said Okeanis Vaou, a neurologist and Parkinson’s specialist at Noran Neurological Clinic in Lake Elmo and Minneapolis. “It would be misleading to say exercise arrests the progression of the disease, but it can slow it significantly. I have patients who exercise two to three hours per day, every single day, and they are doing phenomenally well. I also have patients who were exercising and then they stopped abruptly for whatever reason, and within six months I see this fast decline.”

~Twin Cities Pioneer Press article, “Battling Parkinson’s in Minneapolis-St. Paul? Box It”

You can read the full article on the Twin Cities Pioneer Press website here:
“You can’t beat Parkinson’s, but you can sure as hell punch it”

You can find information on boxing classes and contact information for Title Boxing on their website, titleboxingclub.com. Per the article, the Arden Hills and Coon Rapids locations already offer Parkinson’s focused boxing classes.

If you or someone you love are concerned about an ongoing tremor, or have already been diagnosed with essential tremor or Parkinson’s Disease and are interested in learning more about possible treatment options, please call Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 for an appointment with one of our movement specialists.

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