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Bill Gates gives $50 million to combat Alzheimer's

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Bill Gates gives $50 million to combat Alzheimer's

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

USA. In this February 22, 2016 file photo, Bill Gates talks to reporters about the 2016 annual letter from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York. (AP)

SEATTLE -- Bill Gates said he's giving $50 million to help fight Alzheimer's disease.

The Microsoft co-founder said Monday that the donation to the Dementia Discovery Fund is personal and not through his charitable foundation.

The London-based private fund is backed by government, charities and pharmaceutical firms and seeks new treatments for the progressive, irreversible neurological disease.

In a statement, Gates said men in his family have suffered from Alzheimer's. He said he's hopeful that in time Alzheimer's could be a chronic condition treatable with medication.

Gates said the first treatments for the disease might not be feasible for a decade or more and would initially be expensive. He said the Gates Foundation might consider how to expand access in poorer countries when treatments are developed. (AP)

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