1. Journalist Michael Specter tells Terry Gross about about checking himself for ticks:

I check myself like 71 times a day. One of the problems — I’ve never gotten over this — I’ve been writing about medicine for a long time and I’m always convinced that every illness I write about I have. There’s been lot of those. So far I’m 0 for about 1,000, but it does seem to diminish my fear. Up in Hudson County where I have a place, it’s hard to have a dinner with people where the word ‘tick’ doesn’t come up. … I have a big backyard, people come over, we have a cook-out, and their kids are running off barefoot into the woods and I’m like, ‘No! Don’t do that! It’s ugly out there!’

Map of Lyme disease risk in the United States 2009 via the CDC View in High-Res

    Journalist Michael Specter tells Terry Gross about about checking himself for ticks:

    I check myself like 71 times a day. One of the problems — I’ve never gotten over this — I’ve been writing about medicine for a long time and I’m always convinced that every illness I write about I have. There’s been lot of those. So far I’m 0 for about 1,000, but it does seem to diminish my fear. Up in Hudson County where I have a place, it’s hard to have a dinner with people where the word ‘tick’ doesn’t come up. … I have a big backyard, people come over, we have a cook-out, and their kids are running off barefoot into the woods and I’m like, ‘No! Don’t do that! It’s ugly out there!’

    Map of Lyme disease risk in the United States 2009 via the CDC

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