Bill Gates Gives $100 Million to Fight Alzheimer's Disease
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Billionaire Bill Gates has made a $100-million investment to help researchers find a cure for Alzheimer's. The brain disease causes people to slowly lose their memory and mental abilities as they grow old.
Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, said Monday he has given $50 million to the Dementia Discovery Fund. The London-based fund aims to bring business and government together to seek treatments for the brain-wasting disease.
Another $50 million will go to start-up groups working in Alzheimer's research, Gates said.
The money is a personal donation and not from his charitable organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Dementia, of which Alzheimer's is the most common form, affects close to 50 million people worldwide. It is expected to affect more than 131 million by the year 2050, the Alzheimer's Disease International group says.
"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.
Despite many years of research, scientists have not found a treatment that can slow the progression of Alzheimer's. Current drugs can do no more than ease some of the effects.
But Gates said he is hopeful that treatments can be found, even if they might still be more than 10 years away.
Gates' usual health focus is on helping fight infectious diseases in poorer countries.
He said Alzheimer's became his mission partly for personal reasons, and partly because it has been so difficult to find effective treatment. Some men in his family have suffered from Alzheimer's, he said.
In a blog post about the investments, Gates wrote, "I know how awful it is to watch people you love struggle as the disease robs them of their mental capacity. It feels a lot like you're experiencing a gradual death of the person that you knew."
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1.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
2.mental capacity 心智
Her mental capacity and temperament are as remarkable as his.
3.infectious diseases 传染性疾病
Infectious diseases are spreading among many of the flood victims.
4.personal reason 个人原因
I don't think I missed the flight because of my personal reason.
5.The money is a personal donation and not from his charitable organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
personal donation 个人捐赠
She made a personal donation to the fund.
This is the first personal donation, and even the first oversea donation.
6.Current drugs can do no more than ease some of the effects.
can do no more than 只能；仅限于
Here I can do no more than indicate the process schematically.
He saw several humans yelling at him, but they could do no more than that.
亿万富翁比尔·盖茨（Bill Gates）投资了1亿美元帮助研究人员寻找治疗阿尔茨海默症的方案 。这种脑部疾病会导致老年人智力退化并逐渐丧失记忆 。
周一，微软公司联合创始人盖茨表示，他向痴呆症探索基金投资了5000万美元 。这家总部位于伦敦的基金组织旨在联合政府与企业共同寻找治疗这一脑萎缩疾病的方法 。
老年痴呆症是阿尔茨海默症最常见的一种形式，全球约5000万人受到这种疾病的困扰 。阿尔茨海默症国际组织预计称，到2050年，受到该疾病影响的人数将超过1.31亿人 。
尽管历经多年，科学家还是没有发现一种可遏制阿尔茨海默症发展的治疗办法 。现有的药物只能缓解疾病的某些症状 。
他说，投资研究阿尔茨海默症部分是出于个人原因，同时也包括寻找有效治疗办法道阻且长的考量 。他说，家族中也有男性患有阿尔茨海默症 。
盖茨在这项投资的博文中写道：“我知道看着所爱之人挣扎着被疾病夺去了心智是多么的可怕 。这感觉就像是你正在经历亲人的逐渐死亡过程 。”