It has always been one of my pet peeves that people obsessively worry about unlikely things, yet practice all sorts of risky behaviors or ignore the real risks.

Just How Dangerous Is Terrorism, Really?

The top 10 causes of death

One of the scary things about my life, is that I often defy the odds when it comes to getting improbable health conditions.

Here’s how many people in the whole United States got whooping cough in these years. I cannot remember which year it was when Heather and I got pertussis together. We were put in isolation in the hospital for a week.

Pertussis

1984 2276
1985 3589

West Nile Virus

Nearly 42,000 cases of West Nile virus disease have been reported in the United States since 1999. Of those, nearly 19,000 people have had neurologic disease (infections of the brain or spinal cord) and more than 1,700 people have died.

Myasthenia gravis

The prevalence of myasthenia gravis in the United States is estimated at 14 to 20 per 100,000 population, approximately 36,000 to 60,000 cases in the United States.

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