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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Dr. Friday joins Jodi Ricatta on “Inside HealthCare” to discuss Common Sleep Problems

Dr. Tacjana Friday, board certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist, was recently interviewed on Inside HealthCare as a guest expert on common sleep problems. She and host Jodi Ricatta discuss sleep, the impact it has on other areas of health, and one of the most common sleep conditions – sleep apnea. They also review treatments, including changes in sleep hygiene and more non-invasive options, oral appliances for apnea, CPAP machines and even surgical options. If you missed the April show, you can watch it below.

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

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

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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Fox 9 News Story: Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Board Certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist Dr. Okeanis Vaou has had an ongoing passion for evaluating, treating and managing the medical care of people with movement disorders. Over the past year, she has worked closely with neurosurgeon Dr. Gregg Dyste of Metropolitan Neurosurgery and Abbott Northwestern Hospital/Allina Health to identify patients who are eligible for deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery and guide them through the process leading up to and after surgery. One of their patients, Dennis Russell, was diagnosed with essential tremor and recently underwent DBS to treat the tremor in his right hand. In the story that aired March 23rd, 2016, Dennis was interviewed by Fox 9 News about his condition, the DBS procedure, and the impact it has had on his tremor and his life.

 

For more information about Dr. Okeanis Vaou, visit her bio page here

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 which may include deep brain stimulation, please call Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 for an appointment with one of our movement specialists.

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Purple Day Walk for Epilepsy & the Brain Games – March 19th

The Purple Day Walk for Epilepsy & the Brain Games

The Purple Day Walk for Epilepsy & the Brain Games


Purple Day® Walk for Epilepsy & The Brain Games

Presented by The Anita Kaufmann Foundation

Saturday, March 19, 2016

8 am-12 pm

Mall of America® Rotunda, Bloomington, MN

A wonderful event benefiting children and families who live with epilepsy is coming up in just a few short weeks!

“The Anita Kaufmann Foundation is hosting this day-long event to increase community awareness of the one-in-four children and their families who live with a neurologic disorder.  By working with local and national advocacy organizations, our goal is to create a memorable, fun-filled, and educational experience that will engage the public and leave children with unforgettable memories.

Grab your purple gear and walking shoes because we’re kicking off this exciting day with a walk around the Mall in support and recognition of Purple Day® – World Epilepsy Day™, the largest international epilepsy awareness day in the world.”

Students and Children under 5 years old are free, Adults are $10 to register

Find more details and register at: http://purpledayeveryday.org/events/moawalk/

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Dr. Friday interviewed for Women’s Health Article, “How Your Sleep Changes During Every Stage of Life”

Dr. Tacjana Friday, board certified Adult Neurologist and Sleep Medicine Specialist

Dr. Tacjana Friday, board certified Adult Neurologist and Sleep Medicine Specialist

 

Dr. Tacjana Friday, board certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at Noran Clinic, was recently interviewed for an article in Women’sHealth published on Feb. 25th, 2016. This article covers the ways in which sleep changes from birth to retirement age – particularly noting the issues that are specific to stages in a woman’s life. It also includes a couple of tips for getting the sleep you need. Always remember, if you are not sleeping well – or are sleeping too much – and feeling overly tired in day to day life, it never hurts to talk to your primary care doctor to explore what might be going on and if there are treatment options available to get you back on track.

 

 

Excerpt from “How Your Sleep Changes During Every Stage of Life”:

It’s totally normal for your sleep pattern to become more chaotic and less satisfying as you get older – but just because scoring less shuteye is common doesn’t mean that it’s healthy. It turns out the whole needing-less-sleep-as-we-age thing is just a rumor. “Aging is associated with sleep disturbances, but aging itself isn’t the cause of sleep problems,” says Tacjana Friday, M.D., neurologist at the Noran Neurological Clinic in Minnesota. “As we age, the need for adequate sleep still remains. Most people require seven to eight hours of sleep per night, and this remains consistent throughout our life.”

To read the full article, visit it on the Women’sHealth website here:

How Your Sleep Changes During Every Stage of Life

For more from Dr. Friday, visit her bio page: Dr. Tacjana Friday

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 Evening with Dr. Bennet Omalu

Dr. Omalu Bennet, photo from http://www.besyn.org/concussion/

Dr. Omalu Bennet, photo from http://www.besyn.org/concussion/

 

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An Evening with Dr. Bennet Omalu: Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

 

 

 

 

Noran Neurological Clinic is pleased to serve as a promotional partner for the next installment of the Inspiring Minds Speaker Series on Thursday, February 25th, at Beth El Synagogue in Saint Louis Park. Dr. Omalu brings to the stage a rare combination of humility and fervor, as he shares his story of becoming one of the biggest disrupters in the history of sports and medicine. Beth El is pleased to work in collaboration with the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance on this important evening, embracing their mission to work towards a world where all avoidable brain injuries are prevented, all non-preventable brain injuries are minimized, and all individuals who have experienced brain injury can maximize their quality of life. Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, MD, MSPH will moderate a Q&A with Dr. Omalu as part of the evening following the general presentation. Seating is limited. More information and tickets are available at www.besyn.org/concussion or by calling 952-873-7300.

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Nora Clinic Receives 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2015 Angie's List Award

We are pleased to announce that Noran Clinic has received the Angie’s List Super Service Award! This award is given to companies that have achieved and maintained a superior service record on Angie’s List. Approximately 5% of companies on Angie’s List meet the minimum eligibility requirements to be considered. Eligibility requirements include maintaining an “A” rating overall, receiving a minimum number of reviews and not have been in the “Penalty Box” for failure to respond to an Angie’s List member’s complaint. As you may know, Angie’s List is a website that aggregates verified consumer reviews of service companies as a way to “capture word-of-mouth wisdom”.

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals. The concept behind the website is to certify their data collection process by only allowing paid and registered subscribers to access the website to prevent anonymous or biased reviews.

We are proud to have received this award again, and appreciate that patients have been sharing their Noran Clinic experiences with others!

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Sleep and Alzheimer’s Disease in the News

The announcement of a human study on the relationship between sleep quality and Alzheimer’s Disease was explored by NPR in a story early this month that has been getting a lot of attention. According to NPR,

“The first finding emerged in 2009, when researchers at Washington University in St. Louis showed that the sticky amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s develop more quickly in the brains of sleep-deprived mice.
Then, in 2013, Iliff was a member of a team that discovered how a lack of sleep could be speeding the development of those Alzheimer’s plaques: A remarkable cleansing process takes place in the brain during deep sleep, at least in animals.”

-Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer’s : Shots – Health News : NPR

Animal studies have already suggested that the link between sleep disturbances and Alzheimer’s
Disease is not solely that Alzheimer’s causes changes in the brain that disrupt sleep, but rather that
poor quality sleep may hamper processes in the brain which then contribute to the development of
diseases like Alzheimer’s.

As a neurological clinic that treats both patients with sleep disorders as well as dementia and
Alzheimer’s, two of our sleep medicine specialists were recently asked to comment about this
connection. If you missed the interviews, you can listen and watch here:

Dr. Okeanis Vaou discusses Sleep and Alzheimer’s with WCCO Radio on Jan 9th, 2016:

 

Dr. John Damergis discusses Sleep and Alzheimer’s with Fox 9 News on Jan. 12th, 2016:

 

To read or listen to the original NPR story, visit the NPR website here:
NPR: Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer’s

If you or someone you love are experiencing sleep disturbances that are affecting day to day life and
would like to schedule a consult with a sleep specialist, please contact Noran Neurological Clinic at
612-879-1500.

 

 

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