Bill Gates Pushes Effort to Improve Alzheimer's Diagnosis

A coalition of philanthropists that includes Bill Gates have pledged $30 million to create a venture fund to improve diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

"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 a statement announcing the Diagnostics Accelerator project, CNN reported.

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

A "reliable, affordable, and accessible" diagnostic test for Alzheimer's is critical because research shows that the disease can start more than a decade before the first noticeable signs, according to Gates.

He noted that currently, people undergo tests only when their Alzheimer's symptoms affect daily life, a point at which much of the damage is done, CNN reported.

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