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Cause of Man's 5-Day Bout of Hiccups: a Tumor

Large mass was pressing against the phrenic nerve in his neck

(Newser) - When a 35-year-old man went to the hospital twice in a matter of weeks for "intractable" hiccups that lasted more than two days back in 2014, he was given an antipsychotic drug that has helped relieve symptoms in similar patients. The drug didn't help, but eventually the hiccups... More »

How 'Devil-Possessed' Girl Was Cured of Laughing Fits

6-year-old was having gelastic seizures caused by tumor

(Newser) - After being called "spoiled, crazy—even devil-possessed," doctors have figured out the cause of a 6-year-old girl's uncontrollable laughing fits. Though the Bolivian girl's often inappropriate bouts of laughter were presented as a behavioral problem, doctors eventually ordered a brain scan and discovered a small, benign... More »

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