Kansas City Doctors Rallied Together To Help Patients Pay Off Their Medical Debt

From medical treatments to bills, these doctors are putting patients first.

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In the past couple of years, online fundraisers for medical bills have sprouted up at an increasingly high rate. GoFundMe — one of the largest online fundraising sites — alone has raised billions of dollars for people crowdsourcing their medical bills and various medications or treatments. The ever-present threat of going into debt because of illness or injury is yet another sign that health care in the U.S. is completely mismanaged.

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Those participating in the Women’s March on Washington have a tall order on January 21: Defend women’s rights as human rights and make marginalized voices heard. But the biggest hurdle may involve simply getting marchers to Washington, D.C., in the first place. Skedaddle Co-founder and CEO Adam Nestler hopes to minimize this challenge by helping marchers organize bus trips that are both safe and affordable.

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This Is How The Entire World Is Feeling Today

There’s no such thing as TMI when it comes to mental health

“How are you feeling today?”

It’s a loaded question to say the least. To a stranger one might blindly respond, “great, thanks, how are you?” no matter the chaos one’s life may be in. To a friend, the reply might consist of a bit more information, sharing more happy, sad, or in-between emotions. But what is the response when you pose the question to yourself? One app is hoping to capture that answer and more.

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New App Lets College Hoops Fans Pay Their Favorite Players

The NCAA brings in $1 billion a year in total revenue. The schools and coaches make millions. The players? $0.

Image of Rob Jones, former forward for the University of San Diego Toreros college basketball team, via Wikimedia Commons user Djh57

What do you call a mode of production in which laborers toil without pay for the financial betterment of their superiors? March Madness, baby.

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Fighting Scientific Bias Through Crowdsourcing

“Humans desire certainty, and science infrequently provides it.”

You’ve probably seen (and even posted) these sorts of questions on social media—queries like “Does anyone near me know whether they finished the construction work at the post office yet?” or “Help me win an argument: What are the first words that come to mind when you hear the name ‘Ferris Bueller’?”

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This Is What It Looks Like to Hack Illiteracy

Here’s what happens when the Bay area’s most innovative thinkers get together for a #ProjectLiteracy makeathon.

According to UNESCO’s most recent findings, 757 million people around the world lack basic reading and writing skills. Illiteracy is a complicated global problem, one that makes it more likely for people everywhere to experience crime, infant mortality, gender inequality, poverty, and infectious diseases.

The root causes of illiteracy are no less complex than the impact it leaves on those affected by it. So to help grapple with some of the biggest obstacles facing parents, educators, and policy makers around the world, Project Literacy and Mashable put out a call to coders, makers, and creative thinkers to partner on a unique solution to this urgent global problem. The Project Literacy Makeathon took place over the course of eight innovative hours on September 12 in San Francisco. By the end of the day, several dynamic solutions to illiteracy came to light, including new digital tools, mobile apps, and more.

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