Chasing the Elusive Hiccup Cure

Holding your breath, drinking from the wrong side of the cup and taking a spoonful of sugar, are common ways we try to get rid of the hiccups.

After decades, perhaps centuries of chasing an illusive cure for the hiccups, 13-year old entrepreneur Mallory Kievman seems to have found it.

Her invention, called “Hiccupops” was conceived in her parent’s Connecticut kitchen. The lollipops combine 3 of Kievman’s favorite curative ingredients:

apple cider vinegar, sugar, and lollipops.

Hiccupops are said to over stimulate a set of nerves in the throat and mouth, which are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc, and canceling out the message to hiccup.

Kievman has patented the pops, and is working with a team of MBA students from the University of Connecticut’s Innovation Accelerator program to develop her concept further.

She also hopes to target chemotherapy patients, who are prone to hiccups as an unpleasant side effect of the treatment.

photo:Glasshouse Images

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