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Cure Your Hiccups With A Recently Invented HiccAway Device

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First true hiccup cure device invented.

Curing those annoying hiccups is as simple as sucking on a straw with this new invention by an anesthesiologist who found the answer to an age-old problem.

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A news release from the University of Texas, San Antonio reports that anesthesiologist Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS has found the answer on how to successfully stop those annoying hiccups by stimulating two nerves involved in breathing and eating that together appear to blocks signals to the vocal cords and ease the action of hiccuping.

According to the news release:

A hiccup is an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm, a thin sheet of muscle that separates the lungs from the abdomen and regulates breathing. The diaphragm contracts out of rhythm. This causes the vocal cords and larynx to swiftly close and the lungs to take in oxygen quickly. The body reacts with the classic hiccup sound.

Although hiccups usually are temporary, some cases may last for hours or days and could signal a medical problem. The longest case of hiccups reportedly lasted more than 60 years.

There have been no clear medications for hiccups,” Dr. Seifi said. “The only drugs prescribed are psychiatry medications that do stop the spasms but make the patients sleepy. There also is no device to treat hiccups. A few devices were patented or proposed for provisional patents, but they never made it to the stage of being available to people.”

Looking for a simple solution to hiccupping, Dr. Seifi came up with the idea of special tube that has valve-controlled pinholes on one end that goes into a glass of water, and a mouthpiece on the other of which the user sucks water through with some difficulty.

“This is not a regular straw,” Dr. Seifi said. “To drink water through it, you need lots of effort and lots of negative pressure inside your chest. The valve causes you to forcefully suction the water from the cup, and when you do, after a few seconds the first sip of water enters the pipe and goes into your mouth.”

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According to Dr. Seifi, two events happen that stifles hiccups:

1. The strong negative suction it takes to force water through the valves causes the diaphragm to drop, which then triggers the phrenic nerve that regulates the diaphragm.

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2. When the water enters the mouth, the brain wants to swallow it, so the vagus nerve becomes activated which closes the epiglottis, the flap in the throat that prevents food or water from entering the windpipe and lungs.

The end result is that with both phrenic and vagus nerves stimulated, the urge to hiccup is suppressed, causing the hiccups to go away.

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“There have been no clear medications for hiccups,” Dr. Seifi said. “The only drugs prescribed are psychiatry medications that do stop the spasms but make the patients sleepy. There also is no device to treat hiccups. A few devices were patented or proposed for provisional patents, but they never made it to the stage of being available to people.”

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“We have tested it on a 1-year-old child. It worked,” Dr. Seifi said. “At any age that a person can drink water through a straw, it works for them.”

The news release reports that UT Health San Antonio, on behalf of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, has patented this technology and granted an exclusive worldwide license to Aim Dynamics of Longmont, Colo., to market the invention. The device can be ordered online at hiccaway.com for approximately $15.

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Timothy Boyer has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. For 20+ years he has been employed as a freelance health and science writer. Today, with an eye on the latest news, Timothy continues writing about science with a focus on what you need to know for healthier living. For continual updates about health, you can also follow Timothy on Twitter at TimBoyerWrites.

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Reference:HiccAway! UT Health San Antonio physician develops device to relieve hiccups” University of Texas Health Newsroom September 11, 2020.

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