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Health Highlights: Sept. 22, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Facebook's Zuckerberg to Spend $3B to Fight Disease

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician, say they will spend $3 billion over 10 years to help cure disease.

The aim of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is to "work together to cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children's lifetime," Chan said during an event in San Francisco Wednesday, USA Today reported.

Zuckerberg spoke after his wife and said the initiative's goal is to "make a better future for our children."

According to the couple, the project will fund a $600 million research center in San Francisco called the Biohub, in a partnership with the University of California, San Francisco, Stanford University and Berkeley.

The announcement comes after a pledge made by the couple last December to disperse 99 percent of their fortune in their lifetime to "advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation."

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Posted: September 2016