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Heart research dominated health news this week. One study found for the first time that taking a statin and another medicine to lower cholesterol can reduce heart attacks and strokes more than a statin alone.

Medicare this week said it would begin covering lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans. Screening will be offered to older adults who smoked at least 30 pack-years.

Dabigatran (Pradaxa) may be more likely to cause bleeding problems than an older blood thinner, warfarin (Coumadin). That's the conclusion of a study published this week.

Developments related to the Ebola virus this week included new guidelines for health-care workers in the United States. A new study published this week calls for changes that may help to control the Ebola outbreak in Africa.

As one new Ebola case was diagnosed in the United States this week, dozens of people being treated or monitored were declared virus-free. Health officials tightened rules to protect those caring for Ebola patients.

Two Dallas nurses were diagnosed this week with Ebola virus infection. They had cared for a Liberian man who died of the disease last week.

New advice recommends screening all adults 45 and older for diabetes and prediabetes. The idea is to catch the condition early, when it’s easier to treat.

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