Fall Parkinson Conference on October 1, 2016

APDA Conference Fall 2016

The APDA will be presenting a free conference this fall on Parkinson’s Disease. We are proud to share that Dr. Okeanis Vaou, board-certified neurologist and movement disorder specialist at Noran Clinic & Medical Director of the Minnesota APDA, will be one of the featured speakers. Registration is required – call 651-241-8297 to register or for more information.

Here is a printable PDF of the flier:
PDA Conference Fall 2016 Flier

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Dr. Tarrel speaks to Fox 9 News “The Buzz” about recent Busy Brain study

Noran Clinic neurologist Ron Tarrel, D.O., was recently interviewed on Fox 9 News “The Buzz” about a recent study that suggested having a busy schedule can be good for your brain. He explains how different activities that keep you – and your brain – busy may help protect your brain and lower your risk for later diseases like dementia.

Here is the original study article from Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience : The Busier the Better: Greater Busyness is Associated with Better Cognition

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Dr. Vaou Speaks to Fox 9 The Buzz after Muhammad Ali’s Passing

Board Certified Neurologist and Fellowship trained Movement Disorder Specialist Dr. Okeanis Vaou spoke to Fox 9 News The Buzz on June 20, 2016 about Parkinson’s Disease in light of Muhammad Ali’s passing after a long time diagnosis of PD.

To learn more about Dr. Vaou, visit her bio page online: Dr. Okeanis Vaou

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Career Connections Conference for Individuals with Epilepsy/Seizure Disorder


A Conference for Employment Skill Building: Overcoming Challenges with Seizure Disorders in the Workplace

August 13, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 Helen Young Room of the Southdale Library,

 7001 York Avenue South in Edina.

CAREER CONNECTIONS is a peer support conference for unemployed or underemployed individuals with epilepsy/seizure disorders who are in the job search.  CAREER CONNECTIONS is sponsored by the Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group (EPAEG).  The conference includes an Epilepsy Update by Dr. Rupert Exconde of the Noran Neurological Clinic in Minneapolis.

EPAEG is a social services agency which helps people with epilepsy and seizure disorders through a comprehensive employment assistance program which provides resume assistance, job seeking skills training, interviewing skills training, job leads and employment counseling.  The Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group also conducts support/counseling sessions for its clients which are designed to help them better deal with their situations relative to employment issues. All people who have seizures and are in the job search as well as VR and social workers are welcome to attend.

Sessions Include:

“Epilepsy Update” by Rupert Exconde, M.D.
“Challenges and Resources” in Employment Search
“Grief and Loss: Past Jobs, What We Can Learn”?
“Resume Development and Social Networking”
“Volunteering and Connecting: Hidden Opportunities”
“The ADA: Workplace Accommodations and Self-Disclosure”
“Interviewing and Dressing for Success”
“On the Job: Strategies for Memory Impairment” 

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to gain skills from the facilitator’s expertise and share job-seeking tips and information from other members.  For more information about the conference, call 612-616-4612 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or e-mail jthompson@epaeg.org.  Box lunches will be provided.  Attendance at this conference is FREE but limited so pre-registration is required now at our website www.epaeg.org.

Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group

612-616-4612                            www.epaeg.org                       P. O. Box 2337, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Printable PDF: Career Connections Flyer


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Walk for Thought Online Registration Now Open

2016 Walk for Thought Logo

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!

MN Brain Injury Alliance Logo

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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:
LL Guthrie Benefit Poster_8 5x11_v2

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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