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Bill Gates Gives $100 Million to Fight Alzheimer's Disease

2017-11-14

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  • Billionaire Bill Gates has made a $100-million investment to help researchers find a cure for Alzheimer’s.
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  • The brain disease causes people to slowly lose their memory and mental abilities as they grow old.
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  • Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, said Monday he has given $50 million to the Dementia Discovery Fund.
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  • The London-based fund aims to bring business and government together to seek treatments for the brain-wasting disease.
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  • Another $50 million will go to start-up groups working in Alzheimer’s research, Gates said.
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  • The money is a personal donation and not from his charitable organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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  • “Bill Gates” trended worldwide on social media Monday.
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  • Dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common form, affects close to 50 million people worldwide.
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  • It is expected to affect more than 131 million by the year 2050, the Alzheimer’s Disease International group says.
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  • “It’s a huge problem, a growing problem, and the scale of the tragedy - even for the people who stay alive - is very high,” Gates told the Reuters news agency.
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  • Despite many years of research, scientists have not found a treatment that can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.
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  • Current drugs can do no more than ease some of the effects.
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  • But Gates said he is hopeful that treatments can be found, even if they might still be more than 10 years away.
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  • Gates’ usual health focus is on helping fight infectious diseases in poorer countries.
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  • He said Alzheimer’s became his mission partly for personal reasons, and partly because it has been so difficult to find effective treatment.
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  • Some men in his family have suffered from Alzheimer’s, he said.
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  • In a blog post about the investments, Gates wrote,
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  • “I know how awful it is to watch people you love struggle as the disease robs them of their mental capacity.
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  • It feels a lot like you’re experiencing a gradual death of the person that you knew.”
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