Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS, Invents Device to Stop Hiccups

Dr. Ali Seifi smiling for his staff photo.

Department of Neurosurgery faculty member Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, FNCS, has invented a device to stop hiccups.

Dr. Seifi’s device forces users to exert effort to suction water. Negative pressure in the chest pulls down the diaphragm, which activates the phrenic nerve. When water comes into the mouth and swallowing occurs, the vagus nerve is triggered and the hiccup goes away.

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