"Hiccup Chick" heads back to school

8:54 AM, Mar 14, 2007   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The St. Petersburg girl that couldn't stop hiccuping is headed back to school.

Almost two months ago, 15-year-old Jennifer Mee started to hiccup in her first-period class — and it wouldn't stop. She would hiccup close to 50 times a minute, despite the best effort of doctors and home remedies.

But her mother says Jennifer is going back to Northeast High School today because the hiccups finally stopped.

According to the National Institutes of Health, hiccups are caused by involuntary contractions of the diaphragm, which causes vocal cords to briefly close, which makes that distinctive hiccup sound. They can start for no reason or be triggered by anything from spicy foods to stress.

It is not clear what triggered Jennifer's hiccups

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