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Want to know why John makes more money than Jane? Watch this.

Paying the ladies. It's a pretty simple concept that America can't seem to get (at least according to all the data that say women still make 77 cents to every dollar a man makes). Not to worry though! John Oliver will help us.

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There's this annoying little (big) problem in America called the gender pay gap. For those of you who don't know, that's the unfathomable reality that, on average, women in America earn less money than men for the same work. 77 cents to every $1 a man earns to be exact. The good news is that President Obama has said that he cares very deeply about the gender pay gap and is determined to fix it.

But did you know that even the White House has a problem with paying women the same as men?


Yep. Female White House staffers were paid 88 cents for every $1 paid to male staffers. When that little oversight was discovered, the media quickly turned to doing what they do best: debating. Is the gender wage gap actually 88 cents? What about 81 cents? Is it 9%? Or 5-7 cents? John Oliver rightly compared that debate to arguing over someone taking a dump on your desk. Should the amount really matter?

The point is that even in the White House of the United States of America, it seems to be really hard for women to get paid equally. Of course, some people think they have the problem all figured out. The problem is ... drumroll, please ... women!

Women are to blame because they choose to have kids and also choose to enter low-paying professions. So, if we follow that logic, it should mean that if women didn't have children and entered into the same profession as men, there would be no pay gap, right? Wrong. According to the American Association of University Women, the pay gap exists in nearly every profession and affects women who don't have children, not just the moms. Other facts about it? It exists in every single state in the country, grows with age, can't be remedied by higher education, and is worse for women of color. And in case fact-based research isn't enough, there's this cheerful (if cheerful means depressing) anecdote:

A recent study out of Yale presented identical resumes to professors with the only difference being the name: Jennifer or John. What do you think happened? The male candidate was offered, on average, $4,000 more than the female candidate and received more favorable reviews. We have a problem.

So how do we fix it? Well, we can do nothing, or we can buckle down and address pay equity from a serious policy and systems standpoint (introducing new laws, changing corporate practices, talking frankly about sexism in the workplace, sharing more stories so that women feel empowered to negotiate more aggressively, etc.). That's it. Those are our options. (Well, actually, John Oliver does have one more suggestion that makes it worth watching the video to see. Trust me. It involves the term "Ladybucks." You need to see it.)

Now go share this video with all the ladies you know who work hard for the money — and all the men who better treat her right. Or, you know, just EVERYONE.

Photo courtesy of Girls at Work

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14 things that will remain fun no matter how old you get

Your inner child will thank you for doing at least one of these.

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Swings can turn 80-year-olds into 8-year-olds in less that two seconds.

When we’re kids, fun comes so easily. You have coloring books and team sports and daily recess … so many opportunities to laugh, play and explore. As we get older, these activities get replaced by routine and responsibility (and yes, at times, survival). Adulthood, yuck.

Many of us want to have more fun, but making time for it still doesn’t come as easily as it did when we were kids—whether that’s because of guilt, a long list of other priorities or because we don’t feel it’s an age-appropriate thing to long for.

Luckily, we’ve come to realize that fun isn’t just a luxury of childhood, but really a vital aspect of living well—like reducing stress, balancing hormone levels and even improving relationships.

More and more people of all ages are letting their inner kids out to play, and the feelings are delightfully infectious.

You might be wanting to instill a little more childlike wonder into your own life, and not sure where to start. Never fear, the internet is here. Reddit user SetsunaSaigami asked people, “What always remains fun no matter how old you get?” People’s (surprisingly profound) answers were great reminders that no matter how complex our lives become, simple joy will always be important.

Here are 14 timeless pleasures to make you feel like a kid again:

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It begins with more inclusive conversations at a patient level

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Adewole Adamson, MD, of the University of Texas, Austin, aims to create more equity in health care by gathering data from more diverse populations by using artificial intelligence (AI), a type of machine learning. Dr. Adamson’s work is funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS), an organization committed to advancing health equity through research priorities, programs and services for groups who have been marginalized.

Melanoma became a particular focus for Dr. Adamson after meeting Avery Smith, who lost his wife—a Black woman—to the deadly disease.

melanoma,  melanoma for dark skin Avery Smith (left) and Adamson (sidenote)

This personal encounter, coupled with multiple conversations with Black dermatology patients, drove Dr. Adamson to a concerning discovery: as advanced as AI is at detecting possible skin cancers, it is heavily biased.

To understand this bias, it helps to first know how AI works in the early detection of skin cancer, which Dr. Adamson explains in his paper for the New England Journal of Medicine (paywall). The process uses computers that rely on sets of accumulated data to learn what healthy or unhealthy skin looks like and then create an algorithm to predict diagnoses based on those data sets.

This process, known as supervised learning, could lead to huge benefits in preventive care.

After all, early detection is key to better outcomes. The problem is that the data sets don’t include enough information about darker skin tones. As Adamson put it, “everything is viewed through a ‘white lens.’”

“If you don’t teach the algorithm with a diverse set of images, then that algorithm won’t work out in the public that is diverse,” writes Adamson in a study he co-wrote with Smith (according to a story in The Atlantic). “So there’s risk, then, for people with skin of color to fall through the cracks.”

Tragically, Smith’s wife was diagnosed with melanoma too late and paid the ultimate price for it. And she was not an anomaly—though the disease is more common for White patients, Black cancer patients are far more likely to be diagnosed at later stages, causing a notable disparity in survival rates between non-Hispanics whites (90%) and non-Hispanic blacks (66%).

As a computer scientist, Smith suspected this racial bias and reached out to Adamson, hoping a Black dermatologist would have more diverse data sets. Though Adamson didn’t have what Smith was initially looking for, this realization ignited a personal mission to investigate and reduce disparities.

Now, Adamson uses the knowledge gained through his years of research to help advance the fight for health equity. To him, that means not only gaining a wider array of data sets, but also having more conversations with patients to understand how socioeconomic status impacts the level and efficiency of care.

“At the end of the day, what matters most is how we help patients at the patient level,” Adamson told Upworthy. “And how can you do that without knowing exactly what barriers they face?”

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The American Cancer Society believes everyone deserves a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer—regardless of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, gender identity, their disability status, or where they live. Inclusive tools and resources on the Health Equity section of their website can be found here. For more information about skin cancer, visit cancer.org/skincancer.

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John Cena sets new world record with 650 wishes granted with the Make-A-Wish Foundation

He’s become the foundation’s most requested celebrity—and he never turns anyone down.

"I'll drop everything."

The multitalented, mega famous John Cena might hold many titles, but this might be the coolest one yet—and it has nothing to do with wrestling.

The actor and WWE performer just broke the Guinness World Records for most wishes granted through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As of July 19, Guinness World Records reports, Cena has granted a whopping 650 wishes. The highest amount any other celebrity granted was 200.

The 16-time world champion first became a wish-granter back in 2002. Since then, he’s become the foundation’s most requested celebrity—and he never turns anyone down.

"I just drop everything. I don't care what I'm doing," he said in a WWE produced video after granting his 500th wish. “I can't say enough how cool it is to see the kids so happy, and their families so happy, I truly want to show them that it's their day.”
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As if the social pressure wasn't enough, a child that age has to deal with the intensely awkward psychological and biological changes of puberty at the same time.

Jason Smith, the principal of Stonybrook Intermediate and Middle School in Warren Township, Indiana, had a young student sent to his office recently, and his ability to understand his feelings made all the difference.

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