Ever had a case of hiccups that just wouldn’t go away? Even after trying things like breathing into a paper bag, drinking water upside down, or having someone try to startle you?
Well, after centuries of enduring this minor malady, mankind may have discovered a cure—or rather a 13-year-old from Connecticut may have found it.
Introducing Mallory Kievman, a lovely young inventor who has created a sweet new product called Hiccupops. It’s an innovation that combines three of her favorite curative ingredients: lollipops, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. The suckers “trigger a set of nerves in your throat and mouth that are responsible for the hiccup reflex arc,” says young Kievman. “It basically over-stimulates those nerves and cancels out the message to hiccup.”
Kievman took home a bunch of prizes at the Connecticut Invention Convention for Kids, and has secured a patent on her Hiccupop innovation. She’s now working with a team of MBA student consultants from the University of Connecticut’s Innovation Accelerator program to develop her concept for the marketplace.
In addition to marketing this sucker to consumers, Kievman hopes to explore a medical use for Hiccupops targeting chemotherapy patients, for whom hiccups are a common side effect. She’s currently trying to line up manufacturers and distributors.
For more information, you can visit www.hiccupops.com.
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