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UPDATED: 10:04, February 17, 2007
Florida girl can't stop hicuups
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A Florida girl has hiccuped for more than three weeks and there has been no way to stop her hiccuping, the ABC News reported on Friday.

Jennifer Mee can't stop hiccuping for more than three weeks now, said the report.

The 15-year-old girl in St. Petersburg, Florida has hiccuped close to 50 times a minute despite the best efforts of doctors and home remedies, said the report.

It is not clear what triggered Jennifer's hiccups, which started in school Jan. 23.

No answer has been find to the cause of the hiccups despite blood tests, a CT scan and an MRI, according to the report.

Drugs haven't worked. Neither have home remedies which included holding her breath, putting sugar under her tongue, sipping pickle juice, breathing into a paper bag, drinking out of the wrong side of a glass and even scaring, said the report.

The hiccups do stop when she is sleeping.

Hiccups are caused by involuntary contractions of the diaphragm, which causes vocal cords to briefly close, according to the National Institutes of Health. They can start for no reason or be triggered by anything from spicy foods to stress.

Her mother, Rachel Robidoux, recently turned to the local newspaper for help.

"I'm just looking for some answers where somebody's gone through this," Robidoux told the St. Petersburg Times. "At this point, we're willing to do anything."

Source: Xinhua


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