Did it work?
Did the headline scare you enough to get rid of your hiccups?
For some people, hiccups are just a minor occasional annoyance that might last for a few minutes. I’m sure we’ve all tried various tricks like blowing into a paper bag, hyperventilating, or being scared by someone.
But for other people, hiccups can be a more serious health issue, impacting their quality of life. Relief for these individuals may be on the way.
Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have come up with a new invention that may finally cure the hiccups in one simple step.
The device, which scientists call the “forced inspiratory suction and swallow tool” (or FISST), has shown great promise in a recent study. Results show FISST stopped the hiccups in almost 92 percent of cases, according to the self-reporting of the participants. Moreover, just under 91 percent call the new device easy to use.
Here is a description of how the device works, from StudyFinds:
FISST is a rigid drinking tube (a high-tech straw) that has an inlet valve the patient uses to suck up water from a cup. The action of suction and swallowing simultaneously stimulate two nerves, the phrenic and vagus nerves. Doing this, the team says, will stop the hiccups.
Specifically, the forceful suction of pulling in water prompts the user’s diaphragm — a muscle that inflates the lungs when you breathe — to contract. The suction/swallowing combination also causes the epiglottis to close. This flap covers a person’s windpipe during swallowing.
There is a drawing of the device at the end of this post to help you visualize how FISST works.
The device is now being marketed by a Colorado company partnering with UT Health San Antonio.
I just checked to see if FISST might be a deal of the day on Amazon for Prime Day, but I did not see any mention of the product on the Amazon website.
So until then: