Scientists May Have Finally Figured Out Why We Get the Hiccups

Hiccups are incredibly irritating and they don't seem to serve ANY purpose. So why do we get them?

Scientists at University College London just finished up a study . . . and they may've FINALLY figured out why we get hiccups.

They found that when newborn babies get the hiccups, it triggers a huge wave of brain signals . . . and they teach the babies' brains about how to regulate breathing.

And as we grow up, the hiccups stick with us, even though they don't serve a purpose anymore. The researchers say they're a, quote, "hangover from early periods of our life that persists into later life." 


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