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Why we get hiccups and how to stop them

Why we get hiccups and how to stop them

Why do people hiccup anyway? Even scientists are a little bewildered by this. “We still don’t know what hiccups do, and our cure for them hasn’t improved since Plato,” says Robert Provine. He’s a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County who studies the evolution of behavior, and he researched hiccupping extensively for his recent book Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccupping, and Beyond. One problem, Provine notes, is that hiccups have been difficult to study: “You can’t just go into the lab and ask someone to hiccup for you.” That means the research that does exist typically concerns people with problematic hiccups that have generally been going on for days, weeks, or years. But even research on these people has gleaned many surprising facts about hiccups. Source: The mysterious science of hiccups: Why we get them and how to stop them – Vox.
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