Here are a few interesting articles I found this week on various news services. Driving is probably the most important way for us to maintain our independence. No one wants to give it up voluntarily. But if you follow the Fox Foundation’s guide on medical marijuana, maybe you just won’t care about driving anymore. But the question that really scares me – are you still driving and using medical marijuana at the same time?? No, please don’t answer that. I don’t want to know……
What to know about Parkinson’s disease and driving
From Medical News Today
People with Parkinson’s disease may be able to drive safely. However, over time, symptoms of the disease can worsen. This can cause a person to gradually lose the ability to drive a vehicle safely.
This article covers what symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can make it difficult to drive and when a person with Parkinson’s disease should stop driving. It also discusses how Parkinson’s disease medication can affect driving, alternative travel options, and tips for families and caregivers. Read the rest here.
Fox Foundation Offering Guide on Medical Marijuana Use
The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) is offering a free guide about medical marijuana and Parkinson’s disease (PD) in response to a survey, conducted through Fox Insights, that found more than 70% of patients using cannabis for medical purposes.
Nearly one of three respondents (31.8%) also reported not having spoken with their healthcare providers about such use.
The nine-page downloadable guide covers issues like how to speak with a doctor about cannabis — the plant from which marijuana is derived — what’s known about its potential safety and effectiveness, and the accessibility of medical marijuana.
As of March, 37 states and the District of Columbia allow the use of medical cannabis, it states: read the rest here.
Unmet Needs of Women Living with Parkinsoin’s Disease
Finally, a paper was published a couple of weeks ago in the journal Movement Disorders on the Unmet Needs of Women Living with Parkinson’s Disease: Gaps andControversies . Indu Subramanian, MD, along with two other movement disorders specialists and 3 women living with Parkinson’s conducted a literature review on Women with Parkinson’s. Their paper “provides a brief summary of the current data; identifies gaps that have yet to be targeted; and proposes possible strategies for management, advocacy, and research in women living with PD.”
You can read more about this on the Parkinson’s Secrets blog written by Dr. Subramanian.
Since Dr. Subramanian is my Movement Disorders Specialist, and I have worked with two of the other authors on various projects, I hope to interview them for a future blog post in the next few weeks.
Laughing with Parkinson’s and 2 Year Celebration for Sunday Mornings with Twitchy Woman
This Sunday, March 20 at 10 AM PT, 1 PM ET, we will be celebrating 2 years of Sunday Morning Zoom programs for women with Parkinson’s.
If you have been looking for relief from PD In all the wrong places turn your antennas to Twitchy Women. We will have an extended ZOOM special starring:
Twitchy Woman, Carol Clupny, and Naomi, Queen of the Cranes
Also included in this Sunday’s program will be the celebration of Two Years of Twitchy Woman. Laughs, games, prizes, and more laughs. You must register by Sunday at 9:00 AM PT to be eligible to win a prize. You do not need to be present to win.
Register here to join in the fun!