Harvard Health Letter

In Brief: Hiccups redux and errata corrected

In Brief

Hiccups redux and errata corrected

We've received quite a bit of mail in response to our article about hiccups in the February 2006 issue. Most of the letters and messages have been about favorite cures. Several people said that drinking a cup of water with some sugar dissolved in it is a reliable remedy. Next time we have the hiccups we'll try that. We've put some of your suggestions — and those from other sources — on our Web site.

An astute reader also pointed out an error in the article. We said that the phrenic nerve that controls the diaphragm comes from the medulla oblongata, part of the brain. It actually arises out of the spinal cord. We've posted a corrected version of the article on our Web site.

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