MPLS St Paul Magazine – Top Doctors 2013

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In addition to our other providers awarded in previous years, Noran Clinic is happy to announce that Dr Steven Janousek made the 2014 list of Minneapolis St Paul Magazine’s Top Doctors. MSP magazine asks 5000 Twin Cities doctors and nurses which physicians they would go to for medical care. The candidates who made the final list were evaluated on indicators of peer recognition, professional achievement, and disciplinary history and grouped into 42 specialties.

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Parkinson’s and Sleep Disorders with Dr. Vaou

Dr. Okeanis Vaou, movement disorder and sleep medicine specialist at Noran Neurological Clinic, discusses sleep disorders in people with Parkinson’s Disease.  Video created by the National Parkinson’s Foundation, Minnesota Chapter.


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Keep Your Brain Healthy!

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A recent article posted to shares exciting news: three new studies show that the rate of dementia is falling.  Although the overall number of people in the United States with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), dementia, or Alzheimer’s Disease may have increased simply because the size of the older population is growing, the percentage of people within each age group diagnosed with these disorders is declining; this means that a person’s risk for developing diseases like Alzheimer’s has decreased.  Studies suggest a link between this decrease and two possible factors: 1) healthier hearts mean healthier brains, as “people’s average blood pressure and cholesterol levels improved, and their rates of smoking, heart disease and stroke declined,” in recent years; and 2) those with higher education, as well as more mentally active people, seem to have protective factors in place that may slow the onset of dementia-type disease. More studies are underway to further look at the links between dementia and diet changes, physical activity, mental activiy, and social activity.

What can you do now to reduce your risks and keep your brain healthy?

As more connections are made between heart health and brain health, we know that some lifestyle changes can positively impact both, such as:

- Staying physically active - read about recent evidence to support this here

- Eating a heart-healthy diet - Heart-healthy also means head-healthy!

- Getting enough good sleep - studies indicate that chronic sleep disturbance could actually trigger the onset of diseases like dementia - read more here

- Working to improve your numbers - blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure numbers may all be risk factors for dementia

Additionally, positive correlations have been found between brain health and other lifestyle factors, like:

- Staying mentally active – regularly engage in puzzles, crosswords, or video games for example.  Why does this help?  Learn more here

- Staying socially active – invite a friend for group games or puzzles and cover two head-healthy bases!

- Learning a complex new thing, like a language or an instrument.  Just because you are not in school doesn’t mean it’s too late to take a class or teach yourself that French – or French Horn – you’ve always wanted to learn!


If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms that may indicate early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s, or have already been diagnosed and are looking for ongoing care, please contact Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced neurologists.

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Is Baby coming soon? Has Baby already arrived? Both times in early parenthood present challenges to sleep

Sleeping family with twin babies

It is common knowledge that new parents can expect to lose out on sleep once baby arrives. Regular feeding schedules and irregular sleeping schedules for baby both mean a full night of sleep becomes difficult to come by.  As much as this may be a part of life, parents need to be aware that new studies show that interrupted sleep is just as rough as not enough sleep.  In fact, regular interruptions during an eight hour stretch of sleep leaves a body feeling – and functioning - as if it has only slept for four.

You may plan to get as much quality sleep as possible during pregnancy before baby arrives, and then  catch up once baby is on a regular schedule and everyone is sleeping through the night.  However, many moms know that pregnancy also presents it own problems to sleep: nightwaking from nausea, bladder urgency, difficulty fnding a comfortable sleeping position, etc.

The good news is that there are things you can do both during pregnancy and once baby arrives to get as much sleep as possible….even if interruptions and some deprivation is unavoidable.  Check out these articles, depending on where you are in early parenthood:

Sleep Problems During Pregnancy

“How to find the right sleep position, cope with night waking (and your constant need to pee), and get a good night’s sleep during pregnancy”

Coping With Excessive Sleepiness

“10 Tips to Improve Sleep for New Moms”


If you are no longer dealing with routine interruptions at night from family, animals, home, etc. but are still finding that you cannot sleep through the night, you may still be suffering from enough interruption to your sleep to feel the effects of sleep deprivation.  If this has last more than a few nights in a row, or you are feeling overly tired during the day, speak to your doctor.  More and more studies are showing the importance of sleep in overall health, and the sooner you get help, the better and healthier you will feel.

If your bed partner has noticed snoring, pauses or gasps in your breathing at night, or if you are experiencing morning headaches, increased daytime tiredness, or any other symptom that may indicate that you are not getting quality sleep, please contact Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to schedule an appointment with a neurologist specializing in sleep medicine.


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An informative TEDTalk on EEG and diagnosing developmental disorders in kids

In this TEDTalk, neuroscientist Aditi Shankardass explains how EEG technology has been used to correctly diagnose disorders like seizure in children whose symptoms have lead to mistaken diagnoses. A correct diagnosis and the needed treatment that often times follows, can make a huge impact in the lives of children and their families!

You can find the original video on the TED website here:

For more information on EEG, the different types of EEG that neurologists use in evaluating children and adults, and how to prepare if you or your child are scheduled for one, visit Noran Clinic’s EEG page at


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“Can Facebook Save a Life?” KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News meets an amazing group of people with MS

In a three part story aired on KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News on May 19th, 2014, we meet Amy Anderson, an amazing woman with Multiple Sclerosis, and patient of Noran Neurological Clinic.  She takes us through some of the challenges her diagnosis has brought into her life and how a Facebook group called “We’re Not Drunk, We Have MS” has been a life changer in dealing with her condition and connecting with others all over the country who “get it.”

Watch the first two parts of this news story here:

Part 1:

Part 2:

To see the original clips and all three parts, visit the following links at KSTP 5 Eye Witness News:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Thank you Amy, KSTP, and the Facebook Group “We Aren’t Drunk, We Have MS”, for sharing your wonderful stories and continuing to provide inspiration for others with Multiple Sclerosis!


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The Sleep Disorder Challenge

“Understanding one’s sleep disorder and getting proper treatment can be a truly life changing event.”



For a printable PDF, click here: The Sleep Disorder Challenge

For more information on the Noran Clinic Sleep Center, visit us at

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Noran Neurological Clinic would like to welcome Eleanor Orehek, MD

Eleanor.Orehek_NoranDoctor Eleanor Orehek, a Minnesota native, earned her undergraduate degree in Neurosciene at Colorado College. She obtained her medical degree from the Univerity of Minnesota Medical School. Doctor Orehek was a chief resident at Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA, where she completed her neurology residency. Then, returning to her roots, she completed a movement disorders fellowship at the University of Minnesota.

Doctor Orehek is board certified in neurology and fellowship trained in movement disorders. Her special interests include Parkinson’s disease, deep brain stimulation, dystonia, ataxia, and Huntington’s disease.

Doctor Orehek will practice at our Minneapolis, Plymouth and Blaine offices.

To request consultations with Dr. Eleanor Orehek, please call 612.879.1500.

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Noran Neurological Clinic named to Star Tribune’s Top 100 Workplaces for the 5th Consecutive Year







Noran Neurological Clinic has been named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune for the fifth consecutive year. The Top Workplaces special section was published in the Star Tribune on Sunday, June 15, ranking Noran Neurological Clinic 5th in the midsize company list. You can also find the report here.

Produced by the same team that compiles the 23-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction.  The analysis included responses from over 58,600 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

The rankings in the Star Tribune Top 100 Workplaces are based on survey information collected by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 100 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.

To read more about Noran Clinic in the Star Tribune, visit these sites:

Five in a row: The secrets of their success

Top midsize companies: Fun and charity as big draws for employees

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Evening Out for Parkinson’s on July 24th, 2014

Join Dr. Okeanis Vaou and the National Parkinson’s Foundation Minnesota this July 24th in Mendota Heights for an Evening Out for Parkinson’s!

Evening Out for Parkinson's


For a printable PDF of this flyer, click here: Evening Out for Parkinson’s

For more information or to register online, visit:

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