Doctors in Britain say a five dollar dose of medicine could save 100,000 lives a year. The drug stops bleeding in trauma patients, but until now it has only been used in scheduled operations. British doctors say tens of thousands of people needlessly bleed to death each year. Researchers say a cheap, available drug called TXA could save your life. In a study spanning 40 countries, researchers gave trauma patients tranexamic acid - and found it reduced the chances of bleeding to death by 15 percent.
It helps the blood to clot, and it's commonly used in the U-S during surgeries - but isn't prescribed for accident victims. Doctors were worried TXA might increase side effects like blood clots,strokes, or heart attacks. But say they found no evidence of that in their study.
Those who back the study say TXA could save as many lives as mandatory seat belts and tougher drunk-driving laws.
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