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For Bill Gates, changing the way we diagnose and treat Alzheimer's is personal.

"Several of the men in my family have this disease," he said. "And so, you know, I've seen how tough it is. That's not my sole motivation, but it certainly drew me in."

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It's that motivation that prompted Gates to announce a $30 million initiative with the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation, which aims to create a revolutionary new way to test and identify the disease.

"The things I've seen over the last seven months make me more hopeful than ever," he said.

Right now, diagnosing Alzheimer's can be slow and expensive. Gates wants to change that.

Getting diagnosed means going through a series of complicated tests before other possibilities can effectively be ruled out. That means potential research and treatment options are often missed because people aren't diagnosed until their symptoms are already manifesting in their daily lives.

"We need a better way of diagnosing Alzheimer's — like a simple blood test or eye exam — before we're able to slow the progression of the disease," Gates wrote in an announcement.

"Imagine a world where diagnosing Alzheimer's disease is as simple as getting your blood tested during your annual physical."

In November 2017, Gates first announced a separate $50 million initiative toward curing dementia and Alzheimer's through the Dementia Discovery Fund. After that, he said he was moved by the responses from others, which made him want to open up about his own family experiences and to get even more involved.

"Because my family didn't talk publicly about my dad's diagnosis before the announcement, I had yet to experience how remarkable the support community is," he wrote.

Creating a simple, cost-effective way of diagnosing Alzheimer's could be a valuable step toward a cure.

And by putting his name and story behind this new diagnostic venture, Gates is giving new promise to those affected by this devastating illness.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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Since I have faith that most of you reading want to navigate the world with intelligence and empathy, I figured it'd be useful to share some of the everyday phrases rooted in racist etymology.

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Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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