The 2014 American Diabetes Association Expo is coming up Oct. 11th

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We are happy to share some great information from the American Diabetes Association about the upcoming Walk to Stop Diabetes and Diabetes Expo!


“I am pleased to share with you some NEW and exciting features of the 2014 American Diabetes Association EXPO. This year we will be introducing the Grand Tasting Area. The Grand Tasting Area is a multi-layered world class sampling of appealing diabetes-friendly foods created and served by Novo Nordisk Diabetes Education Program Celebrity Chefs: Chef Tiffany Derry, Chef Rory Schepisi, Chef Doreen Colondres, and Chef Dana Herbert. Each chef will be paired with a Novo Nordisk Diabetes Educator delivering an educational message surrounding healthy eating and meal planning. Healthy eating does not have to be boring but vibrant, full of life and flavor! Groups will be admitted into the Grand Taste area every 15 minutes from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.
Stop by the Delta Dentals booth this year, to learn more about oral health and diabetes. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes. If you have diabetes you could be at risk for developing serious gum disease and other oral health complications. Get more information and learn about important preventative techniques to keep your mouth healthy!
Follow The American Diabetes Association on Facebook at, , on Twitter @diabetesMN, or our blog at
If you haven’t registered this year for the 2014 Minneapolis Diabetes EXPO it isn’t too late. Pre-registered participants will be allowed early admittance into the Diabetes EXPO along with access to a portion of the show floor before the doors for the EXPO open to the general public. In addition pre-registered participants will be entered in a drawing to win a meet and greet in the Grand Tasting Area with CelebrityChefs .Visit for more information about the EXPO and to register.
Don’t forget to visit the EXPO website to download your pass to ride any Metro Transit Bus or Light Rail the day of the EXPO and check out the charter buses coming to the EXPO from around the state.
Have you ever wished that there was a day to celebrate all of your hard work to live well with diabetes? Did you know there is? At the Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes we celebrate everyone living with diabetes because YOU are the reason we walk to help raise funds to find the cause and cure of this “silent disease”. Red Striders are children and adults who have type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes. Join Team Red Twin Cities! Team Red is the friends and family team for striders that are not already on another team. Register at: or check for a walk site near you at Walks in Minnesota will take place on September 27 – Twin Cities and October 4 – Stillwater, Brainerd and Mankato.”



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MN Monthly Best Doctors 2014


Noran Clinic is happy to announce all our Pediatric Neurologists were listed as Best Doctors for 2014 by Minnesota Monthly!

They are Steven Janousek MD, Lawrence Burstein MD, and Abigail Boetticher MD.

In March, Professional Research Services contacted more than 10,000 licensed doctors in the 11-county metro area, as well as Olmsted County. Respondents were to name up to three doctors (other than themselves) in each specialty category. Physicians who received the highest number of votes are reflected by specialty in the Best Doctors list.   Please see the attached link for the full article, list and a Q&A, that includes answers from Noran Clinic’s Dr Janousek.

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Ground breaking ceremony for the new Lake Elmo/Woodbury location!

Our providers, administration, and partners at the Davis Group were excited to celebrate breaking ground on the site of Noran Clinic’s new Lake Elmo/Woodbury clinic, estimated to be opening July 2015!


Our Lake Elmo address will be 8515 Eagle Point Blvd.

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Dr. Vaou interviewed about Parkinson’s Disease on KSTP

Although actor Robin Williams’ death was a result of depression, attention has also been brought to Parkinson’s Disease in light of learning of Williams’ diagnosis. In a brief interview to share more about this diagnosis and its relationship to depression, Dr. Vaou was interviewed live by Ellen McNamara on August 15th 2014.  Watch the clip above, or visit the original on the KSTP website through this link:

If you have questions about a possible diagnosis of Parkinson’s or other 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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Meet Our Neuromuscular and Myography Subspecialists

We have 34 adult and pediatric neurologists at Noran Neurological Clinic, and all are very experienced in treating patients with neurological disorders of all kinds. Furthermore, each of our providers is expertly trained in evaluating and treating patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), neuropathies, and other nerve and neuromuscular disorders. However, several of our neurologists have developed a special interest in neuromuscular disorders and have undergone additional training in electromyography and/or neurophysiology, which allows them to perform EMGs and NCS‘. They each continue to work with all types of neurological conditions and have additional interests as well. We’d like to introduce the providers who have developed a subspecialty within these conditions. A link to each provider’s bio is included below.




Dr. Gerald H. Dove MD








Dr. Christine A. Ebbers DO







Dr. Chad D. Evans MD







Dr. Soren A. Ryberg MD







Dr. Thomas N. Schriefer MD







Dr. Syed M. Shahkhan MD







Dr. Beth Ann Staab MD







Dr. Adam J. Todd MD







For more information on electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) - both tests which these specialists perform - check out Noran Clinic’s EEG/EMG information page.

You can find bios for all of our doctors, Allied Health Professionals, and Neuropsychologists at our main bio page,

*Several additional neurologists have also been trained to provide EMG testing, but perform these tests for their own patients only. The above providers are able to take outside orders and can provide these tests for other doctor’s patients, as well as their own. If your neurologist is not on this list but orders EMG or NCS tests, he or she may choose to perform the EMG/NCS him or herself for you and will also provide excellent and experienced testing to further evaluate your condition.


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MPLS St Paul Magazine – Top Doctors 2014

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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!

Senior couple playing ping pong


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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