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Journal Article (Refereed)
February 2009

The role of the hypothalamus part 1: The regulation of temperature and hunger.

Braine, M 2009, 'The role of the hypothalamus part 1: The regulation of temperature and hunger. ', British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing , 5(2), pp.66-72.

Abstract

The hypothalamus is a tiny structure in the centre of the brain but its size is no indication of its importance, because it is essential for survival and homeostasis. The hypothalamus is one of the most evolutionarily conservative regions of the mammalian brain, and contains clusters of cells identified as discrete nuclei. Situated at the base of the brain near the pituitary gland the hypothalamus is a critical integrator in many homeostatic functions these include temperature regulation and the regulation of feeding. In this paper the discrete nuclei within the hypothalamus are identified and their functions highlighted. The integrative role the hypothalamus plays in thermoregulation and the regulation of feeding will also be explored, providing an insight into the complexity of these mechanisms that are a part of our everyday life, and can play a critical role in neurological injury and recovery.
 

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Publication Details

Journal Name
British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing

Volume
5(2)

Pagination
66-72.