With a total of 48 posts (this will be the 49th), this has been my most prolific year of blogging since 2017. Nearly a third of these were on or related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its public health consequences, but I wrote about many other topics, too. With a nod to the ongoing 12 days of Christmas, I've picked 12 posts to highlight here, one from each month.
January 15 - When a cancer diagnosis predicts future good healthFor early prostate, breast (including ductal carcinoma in situ, which was considered separately), thyroid cancer, and melanoma, relative survival was not only better than disease-specific survival, but greater than 100%. In other words, patients with these particular early cancer types were more likely to survive than similar individuals without cancer.
I don't believe that prisons should be abolished, any more than I believe that police departments should be defunded. But if the U.S. is going to continue to pour hundreds of billions of dollars into incarceration every year, a large chunk of those dollars ought to be devoted to peacemaking - making the offender whole and less likely to offend again - rather than punishment.