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What does HANS stand for?

HANS stands for hypothalamus-autonomic nervous system axis

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Bi-directional communication pathways exist between the brain and the cytokine-immune-endocrine systems. The hypothalamic-pituitary axis, the efferent neuronal hypothalamus-autonomic nervous system axis, and the direct drainage of macromolecules from the brain into the blood and the lymphatic system provide a network by which the sleeping/waking brain influence bodily functions. Similarly, changes in cytokine levels in the periphery modulate the central nervous system either directly or via the vagal nerve and influence the sleeping/waking brain.