Teen discovers hiccup 'cure'

Last updated 13:47 07/05/2012
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CURED: A 13-year-old may have discovered a cure for hiccups.

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Forget holding your breath or drinking water upside down - one startup wants to cure pesky hiccups with lollipops.

Mallory Kievman, a 13-year-old from Manchester, Connecticut, invented the lollipop in her kitchen after a bout of annoying hiccups. The pops are made with apple cider vinegar and sugar.

The vinegar, she told the New York Times, overstimulates the nerves in your throat responsible for hiccups and "cancels out the message to hiccup".

She read everything from research on cats that showed how to incite hiccups, to clinical trials from the 1970s that tested the use of sugar on the back of the tongue.

These clinical trials worked in stopping sporadic hiccups in 18 of 20 patients.

As for using apple cider vinegar, "I was reading an article somewhere about uses for vinegar and apple cider vinegar was in that story for getting rid of hiccups," she recalled.

So she put the vinegar into her patent-pending portable pops.

Kievman's been touring a variety of competitions with her startup invention - and the idea has been well-received.

At the Connecticut Innovation Competition for kids, Hiccupops was recognised for its 'innovation and patentability'.

Kievman has also taken Hiccupops to Connecticut economic and innovation summits.

This summer, she will be getting help from MBA students at the University of Connecticut, who will help her launch the product across the US.

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