Lewy Body Dementia in the News

Unless you have had first hand experience with a loved one’s diagnosis, many people have not heard of Lewy Body Dementia – even though it is the second most common dementia after Alzheimer’s Disease. It has been covered in the news since the late Robin Williams’ wife recently shared that this was his primary diagnosis prior to his passing. As sad as this news is, it has helped to increase awareness and raise questions about what LBD is and how it is being addressed in health care.

Two of Noran Clinic’s neurologists were interviewed in the past few days about Lewy Body Dementia, and explain what this disease is and what we know about it right now.

You can listen to Dr. Okeanis Vaou’s interview with WCCO Radio-AM Radio from Thursday, November 5th, here:


You can watch Dr. Tacjana Friday’s interview with the Fox 9 Morning Show from Sunday, November 8th, here:


If you are concerned about the symptoms of a loved one and are seeking an evaluation with a neurologist, you can reach Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500. Although we do not have any doctors who specialize in Lewy Body Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease specifically, all of our neurologists are familiar with these conditions and are able to evaluate and treat them.

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Dr. Tacjana Friday interviews on Sleep

In preparation for a seminar on sleep hosted by Dr. Friday in conjunction with Abbott Northwestern Hospital this past Thursday, October 15th at the Galleria in Edina, Dr. Friday was invited to talk a little bit about sleep: how to get it, how it impacts your health, and who needs how much at different times in life. Check out her interviews from the past week with WCCO News Radio, Fox 9 News, and Kare 11 News. Thursday night was a great event and a full house, but if you missed it, she still shared some helpful information throughout the week!

On Tuesday, Oct. 13th, Dr. Friday spoke with WCCO Radio:
Dr. Friday Sleep Interview on WCCO Radio

On Wednesday, Oct 14th, Dr. Friday spoke with Fox 9 News on “The Buzz”:


Finally, the afternoon prior to the event, Dr. Friday spoke with Kare 11 News:


If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Friday, you can visit her webpage bio here:
Dr. Tacjana Friday

To learn more about the Noran Clinic Sleep Center, you can visit us online at http://www.noranclinic.com/sleep-center

If you or a loved one are concerned about possible sleep issues and would like to schedule an appointment with a neurologist board certified in sleep medicine, you can contact Noran Clinic Sleep Center at 612-879-1500.


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Dr. Tarrel talks work and stroke on KMSP

The Buzz from Fox 9 News talks about a new stroke study linking heavy work hours with an increased risk of stroke. Dr. Ron Tarrel of Noran Neurological Clinic, neurologist and stroke specialist, weighs in on what the study means for people working more than 40 hours a week.

For more on Dr. Tarrel, visit his bio page here: Dr. Ronald Tarrel, DO

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Tour our new Lake Elmo office!

If you haven’t been out to our new Lake Elmo clinic yet, take a moment to take a slide show tour!

Find directions and more for the Lake Elmo location here: Noran Clinic – Lake Elmo

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Welcome Dr. Wexler to Noran Clinic!




We are proud to announce our newest addition to the Noran Clinic pediatric neurology team, Dr. Erika Wexler! 




Dr. Wexler earned her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her pediatric and pediatric neurology residencies at the University of Rochester Medical Center, followed by additional fellowship training through a NIH grant focusing on pediatric stroke.

Dr. Wexler is board certified in child neurology. Her clinical interests include general child neurology, seizures, headaches, pediatric stroke, tics and Tourette syndrome.

She sees patients at the Noran Clinic offices located in Minneapolis and Lakeville.

With the recent additions of Dr. Ronald Spiegel in Lake Elmo and Dr. Erika Wexler in Lakeville, we are now able to offer pediatric neurology appointments at five of our six locations – Blaine, Lake Elmo, Lakeville, Minneapolis, and Plymouth. We are also able to accommodate pediatric appointments in a timely manner with openings as soon as same week at some locations. For an appointment with one of our pediatric neurologists, please call 612-879-1500.

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Dr. Damergis interviewed for MN Monthly Article “Sleep Disorders Keep Americans Up All Night”

August MN Monthly Cover from MN Monthly, www.minnesotamonthly.com

August MN Monthly Cover from Minnesota Monthly, www.minnesotamonthly.com



Dr. John Damergis of Noran Clinic and Noran Sleep Centers was recently interviewed for a piece on new treatments for sleep disorders that have been coming about along with new research on causes and co-ooccurring conditions. You can read the full article at the Minnesota Monthly website here:

New Treatments for Sleep Disorders on the Rise – Minnesota Monthly August 2015 Issue



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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New Lake Elmo location now open!

Lake Elmo front of building

We are excited to announce that our newest location in Lake Elmo officially opened last week on July 6th! As one of our largest offices, we now offer a full range of services in the east metro area. Lake Elmo provides adult and pediatric neurological evaluation and care, electromyography (EMG), routine, sleep deprived, and overnight electroencephalograms (EEG), and infusion center, and imaging with a brand new 1.5T Aera MRI scanner with Minnesota Diagnostic Center. We have closed our Maplewood office, and those providers previously at Maplewood will now see patients in Lake Elmo – some of them with additional days at the new office – alongside several more providers who have now started seeing patients in the east metro as well. Find directions and a list of providers seeing patients in Lake Elmo here: http://www.noranclinic.com/contact/nnc_lake_elmo.html

Lake Elmo lobbyLake Elmo MRI

For questions or to schedule an appointment at the new Lake Elmo clinic location, call us at 612-879-1000.

Lake Elmo map


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Sara Woelflin and Dr. Susan Evans on Fox 9 News

We hope you had a chance to watch the story that aired on Sunday, June 7th on Fox 9 news about a wonderful young woman, who also has Multiple Sclerosis, getting ready to walk down the aisle.

At the time of a sudden onset of extremely severe symptoms culminating in a coma, doctors were uncertain whether Sara Woelflin would survive. With the help of a team of hospital doctors including on-call Noran Clinic neurologist Dr. Evans, she began a number of MS therapies. Her efforts combined with an amazing response to these therapies allowed her to surpass initial expectations and walk down the aisle at her wedding. Dr. Susan Evans says, “…she is a wonderful, wonderful example of how far the treatment has come in Multiple Sclerosis, and hopefully all neurologic diseases.”

If you missed it, you can watch the news clip below.

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Dr. Exconde & Noran Clinic in recent CBS news story on the MN Medical Marijuana Program

Dr. Exconde was recently interviewed for a story that aired yesterday, June 1st on CBS, in regards to the new registry for medical marijuana that opened up yesterday. Many people have been waiting for this registry to open, and to find out if their doctors would be participating. If you missed it, you can find the story here:



You can find original here on the WCCO CBS Local webpage: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/06/01/thousands-seeking-marijuana-prescriptions-may-not-get-them/

You can also read the reasons for the Noran Clinic’s position on participation in the MN Medical Marijuana Program in our previous post, here:

Noran Clinic’s Position on the MN Medical Marijuana Program

We will continue to follow the progress of the MN Medical Marijuana Program in regards to changes that may impact us and our patients in the future.

UPDATE: Dr. Exconde was also interviewed by NPR on June 1st, 2015, and the article was not originally linked alongside the CBS interview. Here is the interview with NPR on the same topic:

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The Position of the Noran Clinic on the Medicinal Use of Marijuana

The Noran Clinic affirms its goal of providing state of the art medical care for all neurological conditions. We aim to provide our patients with treatments that are scientifically proven to be safe and therapeutically effective.
  1. Marijuana has not been adequately studied according to federal standards. Therefore, its benefits and risks are still not scientifically proven by sound research. We view it like any other medicine under development.
  2. Under the MN medical marijuana program, the treating provider will not have any control over the dosage and active ingredients (THC vs CBD) of the substance to be dispensed. Instead, the Cannabis Patient Centers will be making these important clinical decisions without input from the provider.
  3. Medical marijuana will not be covered by any health insurance plans. We do not want to create additional expenses for our patients until we better understand its safety and health benefits.
Because of these reasons, the Noran Clinic will not be participating in the state medical marijuana program at this time. 
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