Bayer to test antibiotic on TB

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The German pharmaceutical company Bayer HealthCare plans tests to determine if its newest antibiotic is effective against tuberculosis.

Vaginal HIV vaccine being studied

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Researchers in Northern Ireland are investigating a new approach to fighting HIV, a vaginal vaccine that would work over the course of a year.

African polio immunization plan begins

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- The Global Polio Eradication Initiative has started a series of immunization campaigns in parts of Africa to prevent the disease from returning.

Global health gets $436 million boost

SEATTLE, June 28 (UPI) -- International scientists have been given 43 grants worth $436.6 million to find new ways to fight disease in poor countries.

Bills Gates ups donation for global health

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 16 (UPI) -- Microsoft head Bill Gates says his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has raised its funding for improving global health to $450 million.

Nano World: Top 10 for developing world

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End of polio in sight

WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- As the world gets ready to observe the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the polio vaccine, experts think total eradication of the disease is near.

Low-tech methods could save many newborns

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- An international panel of public-health experts has concluded that 3 million of the 4 million newborn babies who die worldwide each year could be saved by low-tech and low-cost medical interventions.

Microsoft's Gates is knighted

LONDON, March 2 (UPI) -- Besides being the world's richest man, Microsoft's Bill Gates Wednesday added another title to his name when he was knighted by British Queen Elizabeth II.

Oprah gave $50 million to charity in 2004

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Foundations issue grant for school reforms

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Six leading foundations joined Monday in a $42 million initiative to overhaul U.S. high schools.

Gates gives $750 million for immunization

GENEVA, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- The director-general of the World Health Organization is praising a $750 million gift to global immunization from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

AIDS coalition outlines vaccine strategy

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The scientific plan of an international AIDS coalition, which includes U.S. government agencies, was published Tuesday in PLoS Medicine.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg to sell media company

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg may sell his financial information company Bloomberg L.P. and create a foundation, the New York Post reports.

Companies step up on tsunami help

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- President Bush may have bristled at suggestions that the United States is being stingy in coming up with aid for the tsunami victims across Asia and Africa. But
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Melinda Gates
Melinda Gates announced late August 21, 2006 that she is stepping down from the board of Bellevue, Washington-based Drugstore.com Inc., an online seller of health, vision and pharmaceutical products. Melinda resigned in order to spend more time running the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she serves as co-chair with husband and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Melinda had been on the board since 1999. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen/FILE)

Melinda Ann French (born August 15, 1964), later known as Melinda French Gates, is an American philanthropist and wife of Bill Gates. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a former unit manager for several Microsoft products such as Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.

Melinda was born in Dallas, Texas to Raymond Joseph French, Jr., an engineer, and Elaine Agnes Amerland, a homemaker. Gates was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended St. Monica Catholic School, where she was the top student in her class year. She graduated as valedictorian from Ursuline Academy of Dallas in 1982. Gates earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1987, where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Shortly thereafter, she joined Microsoft and participated in the development of many of Microsoft’s multimedia products including Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.

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