The Science Behind Hiccupops
A crash course in Hiccupops science
Hiccupops are designed to deliver hiccup relief by precisely modulating oral pH. In this approach, a strong stimulus is sent to the brainstem via the gustatory pathway (cranial nerves VII, IX, and X) , which then provides input to the medulla, where respiratory rhythm is controlled .
This stimulus is hypothesized to “reset” the body to normal diaphragmatic breathing patterns, resulting in hiccup cessation.
To further elaborate on science behind this novel approach to addressing the hiccups, Bartholomew Bacak, MD, PhD, Meter Health Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, will be publishing his manuscript titled, “The mechanism of hiccupping: insights from mathematics” in a peer-reviewed journal later this year.
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