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This Is Why We Hiccup

Involuntary movement may help infants learn to breathe: researchers

(Newser) - There's no known advantage to an adult hiccup. An infant one, however, could play a key role in brain development. That's according to University College London researchers who previously conjectured that a baby discovers its body via kicks in the womb. In this study, they used electrodes on...

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...

Soldier Gets 3.5 Years for Deadly Hiccups 'Cure'

Patrick Myers says he was trying to scare away fellow soldier's hiccups

(Newser) - A Fort Hood soldier has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, saying he shot his friend accidentally while trying to scare away his hiccups. Fort Hood officials say Spc. Patrick Edward Myers, of Spartanburg, SC, was sentenced yesterday to 3.5 years in military prison. He also was busted to private...

Soldier Kills Pal Trying to Cure Hiccups: Cops

He pointed a gun at his face to scare him

(Newser) - A soldier is being held in a Texas jail on manslaughter charges after a misguided attempt to cure a fellow soldier of hiccups resulted in his death, reports CBS News . Seems Spc. Patrick Edward Myers and friends were watching football—and unsurprisingly, drinking—on Sunday when the victim developed a...

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