Trial to find new uses for Gulf War drug

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A hospital in South Yorkshire is set to trial a drug once used in the Gulf War to investigate if it can stem bleeding in cases of brain haemorrhages and stomach ulcers.

The trial at Barnsley Hospital involves a medication called tranexamic acid, which was used successfully to stop bleeding from soldiers’ wounds in the 1990-91 conflict.

Consultant Dr Julian Humphrey said: “Patients who come in with brain haemorrhages and bleeding from inside their stomach will be compared with patients who didn’t receive the drug.”