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This man gave away $50 million for fight against Alzheimer’s

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Published : Nov 14, 2017, 9:58 am IST
Updated : Nov 14, 2017, 9:58 am IST

He says men in his family have suffered from Alzheimer's.

Bill Gates says the first treatments for the disease might not be feasible for a decade or more and would initially be expensive.
 Bill Gates says the first treatments for the disease might not be feasible for a decade or more and would initially be expensive.

Bill Gates says 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.

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

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

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