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This site does not provide medical advice
The contents of the HealthWorldNet Site, such as text, graphics, images including video, information and other material contained on the HealthWorldNet Site ("Content") are for informational purposes only. The Content is not meant as a replacement or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concern you may have regarding a medical illness or condition. Never delay seeking professional medical advice or disregarding medical advice or treatment because of something you have seen or read on the HealthWorldNet Site!
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The Site may contain health or medical information that is sexually explicit. If you find these materials offensive, you may not want to use our Site.
Use of Content
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The content is protected by copyright under both the United States and foreign laws. Title to the content remains with HealthWorldNet or its licensors. Any use of the content not expressly permitted by these Terms and Conditions is a breach of these Terms and Conditions and may violate copyright, trademark, and other laws. Content including categories and features are subject to change or termination without notice at the editorial discretion of HealthWorldNet. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved to HealthWorldNet and its licensors.
Use of content from other websites that are featured on the HealthWorldNet Site is subject to that particular website's terms and conditions.
HealthWorldNet allows the submittal of user generated content in specified areas of the site, including its Forum. Any user who submits any such content is subject to Health Worldnet’s “User Generated Content Guidelines & Policy.”
If you violate any of these Terms and Conditions, your permission to use the content automatically terminates.
Information About Children
HealthWorldNet is not directed at children under 13 and does not collect personal information from children. Our “Games” section may be of interest to children, but its primary purpose is health education provided with the assistance of parents or through age-appropriate information. HealthWorldNet does not collect any personally identifiable information from or about children except to the extent included on the private MyHealthWorld section of the site, which allows member users to store personal and family health information in a safe and secure location.
Liability of HealthWorldNet and its Licensors
HealthWorldNet provides a portal and access to third party websites and content. HealthWorldNet does not have any responsibility for the content, practices or policies of such third parties. It is solely the user’s responsibility to control, review and approve the use or submittal of information to such third parties before doing so. HealthWorldNet does not endorse or recommend any such third party site or service. When using the HealthWorldNet Site, information will be transmitted over a medium that may be beyond the control and jurisdiction of HealthWorldNet and its suppliers. Accordingly, HealthWorldNet assumes no liability for or relating to the delay, failure, interruption, or corruption of any data or other information transmitted in connection with use of the HealthWorldNet Site.
IN NO EVENT SHALL HEALTH WORLDNET, ITS LICENSORS, ITS SUPPLIERS, OR ANY THIRD PARTIES MENTIONED ON THE HEALTH WORLDNET SITE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, PERSONAL INJURY/WRONGFUL DEATH, LOST PROFITS, OR DAMAGES RESULTING FROM LOST DATA OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) RESULTING FROM THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE HEALTH WORLDNET SITE OR THE CONTENT, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, AND WHETHER OR NOT HEALTH WORLDNET, ITS LICENSORS, ITS SUPPLIERS, OR ANY THIRD PARTIES MENTIONED ON THE HEALTH WORLDNET SITE ARE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. HEALTH WORLDNET, ITS LICENSORS, ITS SUPPLIERS, OR ANY THIRD PARTIES MENTIONED ON THE HEALTH WORLDNET SITE SHALL BE LIABLE ONLY TO THE EXTENT OF ACTUAL DAMAGES INCURRED BY YOU, NOT TO EXCEED U.S. $1000. HEALTH WORLDNET, ITS LICENSORS, ITS SUPPLIERS, OR ANY THIRD PARTIES MENTIONED ON THE HEALTH WORLDNET SITE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURY, INCLUDING DEATH, CAUSED BY YOUR USE OR MISUSE OF THE SITE, CONTENT, OR PUBLIC AREAS (AS DEFINED BELOW).
Any claims arising in connection with your use of the Site, any Content, or the Public Areas must be brought within one (1) year of the date of the event giving rise to such action occurred. Remedies under these Terms and Conditions are exclusive and are limited to those expressly provided for in these Terms and Conditions.
Exclusion of Warranties
THE HEALTH WORLDNET SITE AND THE CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. HEALTH WORLDNETAND ITS LICENSORS DO NOT MAKE ANY EXPRESS WARRANTIES REGARDING ANY CONTENT OR SERVICE PROVIDED BY THIS SITE AND, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTIES' RIGHTS, AND FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
Without limiting the foregoing, HealthWorldNet, its licensors, and its suppliers make no representations or warranties about the following:
- The accuracy, reliability, completeness, or timeliness of the Content, software, text, graphics, links, or communications provided on or through the use of the HealthWorldNet Site or HealthWorldNet.
- The satisfaction of any government regulations requiring disclosure of information on prescription drug products or the approval or compliance of any software tools with regard to the Content contained on the HealthWorldNet Site.
You agree that you will not upload or transmit any communications or content of any type to the Public Areas (including blogs, message boards, Video uploads, etc.) that infringe or violate any rights of any party or that violates any other HealthWorldNet policy or guideline. By submitting communications or content to the Public Areas, you agree that such submission is non-confidential for all purposes.
If you make any such submission you agree that you will not send or transmit to HealthWorldNet by email, (including through the email addresses listed on the "Contact Us" link) any communication or content that infringes or violates any rights of any party or that violates any other HealthWorldNet policy or guideline. If you submit any business information, idea, concept or invention to HealthWorldNet by email, you agree such submission is non-confidential for all purposes.
If you make any submission to a Public Area or if you submit any business information, idea, concept or invention to HealthWorldNet by email, you automatically grant-or warrant that the owner of such content or intellectual property has expressly granted-HealthWorldNet a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, world-wide nonexclusive license to use, reproduce, create derivative works from, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute, perform, and display the communication or informational content in any media or medium, or any form, format, or forum now known or hereafter developed. HealthWorldNet may sublicense its rights through multiple tiers of sublicenses. If you wish to keep any business information, ideas, concepts or inventions private or proprietary, do not submit them to the Public Areas or to HealthWorldNet by email. We try to respond to every email in a timely manner, but due to volume are not always able to do so.
HealthWorldNet is not subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA) and is not a “covered entity” under that act. Therefore, the provisios of HIPAA do not apply to information you may submit to the Site, whether in the Public Areas or in MyHealthWorldNet.
User submissions — image, video, audio files
You agree to post or upload only media (like photos, videos or audio) that you have taken yourself or that you have all rights to transmit and license and which do not violate trademark, copyright, privacy or any other rights of any other person. Photos or videos of celebrities and cartoon or comic images are usually copyrighted by the owner.
To protect your privacy, you agree that you will not submit any media that contains Personally Identifiable Information (like name, phone number, email address or web site URL.) of you or of anyone else. Uploading media like images or video of other people without their permission is strictly prohibited.
By uploading any media on the HealthWorldNet site, you warrant that you have permission from all persons appearing in your media for you to make this contribution and grant rights described herein. Never post a picture or video of or with another person or entity unless you have their explicit permission.
You agree that you will not upload any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or this Web site.
By uploading any media like a photo or video, (a) you grant to HealthWorldNet a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, copy, print, display, reproduce, modify, publish, post, transmit and distribute the media and any material included in the media; and (b) you certify that any person pictured in the submitted media (or, if a minor, his/her parent/legal guardian) authorizes HealthWorldNet to use, copy, print, display, reproduce, modify, publish, post, transmit and distribute the media and any material included in such media; and (c) you agree to indemnify HealthWorldNet and its affiliates, directors, officers and employees and hold them harmless from any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising from the media and/or your failure to comply with these the terms described in this document.
HealthWorldNet reserves the right to review all media prior to submission to the site and to remove any form of media for any reason, at any time, without prior notice, at our sole discretion.
Your Account and Security
HealthWorldNet has several tools that allow you to record and store information. You are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to ensure that no unauthorized person shall have access to your HealthWorldNet passwords, accounts or stored information. It is your sole responsibility to (1) control the dissemination and use of activation codes, stored information and passwords; (2) authorize, monitor, and control access to and use of your HealthWorldNet account, stored information and passwords; (3) promptly inform HealthWorldNet of any need to deactivate a password. You grant HealthWorldNet and all other persons or entities involved in the operation of the Site the right to transmit, monitor, retrieve, store, and use your account information and password in connection with the operation and maintenance of the Site, but for no other purpose. HealthWorldNet cannot and does not assume any responsibility or liability for any information you submit, or your or third parties' use or misuse of information transmitted or received using HealthWorldNet tools and services.
HealthWorldNet Live and Member to Member areas ("Public Areas")
If you use a Public Area, such as forums, a chat room, message boards, blogs etc,, you are solely responsible for your own communications, the consequences of posting those communications, and your reliance on any communications found in the Public Areas. HealthWorldNet and its licensors are not responsible for the consequences of any communications in the Public Areas. In cases where you feel threatened or believe someone else is in danger, you should contact your local law enforcement agency immediately. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
In consideration of being allowed to use the Public Areas, you agree that the following actions shall constitute a material breach of these Terms and Conditions:
- Using a Public Area for any purpose in violation of local, state, national, or international laws;
- Posting material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others or on the privacy or publicity rights of others;
- Posting material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, slanderous, hateful, or embarrassing to any other person or entity as determined by HealthWorldNet in its sole discretion;
- Posting advertisements or solicitations of business;
- After receiving a warning, continuing to disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, or posting comments that are not related to the topic being discussed (unless it is clear the discussion is free-form);
- Posting chain letters or pyramid schemes;
- Impersonating another person;
- Distributing viruses or other harmful computer code;
- Harvesting or otherwise collecting information about others, including email addresses, without their identification for posting or viewing comments; consent;
- Allowing any other person or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments
- Posting the same note more than once or "spamming"; or
- Engaging in any other conduct that restricts or inhibits any other person from using or enjoying the Public Area or the Site, or which, in the judgment of HealthWorldNet, exposes HealthWorldNet or any of its customers or suppliers to any liability or detriment of any type.
HealthWorldNet reserves the right (but is not obligated) to do any or all of the following:
- Record the dialogue in public chat rooms if and when they become available on this Site.
- Investigate an allegation that a communication(s) or content do(es) not conform to the terms of this section and determine in its sole discretion to remove or request the removal of the communication(s) or content.
- Remove communications or content that are abusive, illegal, or disruptive, or that otherwise fail to conform with these Terms and Conditions.
- Terminate a user's access to any or all Public Areas and/or the HealthWorldNet Site upon any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
- Monitor, edit, or disclose any communication or content in the Public Areas.
- Edit or delete any communication(s) or content posted on the HealthWorldNet Site, regardless of whether such communication(s) or content violate these standards.
HealthWorldNet and its licensors have no liability or responsibility to users of the HealthWorldNet Site or any other person or entity for performance or nonperformance of the aforementioned activities or for any communications or content posted on Public Areas.
Blogs and Comments
Our blogs are moderated. Moderators are volunteers. Internet users posting comments on this blog should not be considered as health professionals. Comments posted should be designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician. We remind you that everyone can read and use your comments. You do not have the possibility to erase your own comments.
Internet users commenting must behave with respect and honesty at all times. Internet users may not post any commercial/advertising comment. Internet users commenting must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge. We invite you to provide resources on health/medical claims when possible and relevant. Moderators reserve the right to erase, without notification, any comment they would judge inappropriate.
Advertisements, Searches, and Links to Other Sites
HealthWorldNet provides links to third-party web sites. HealthWorldNet also may select certain sites as priority responses to search terms you enter and HealthWorldNet may agree to allow advertisers to respond to certain search terms with advertisements or sponsored content. HealthWorldNet does not recommend and does not endorse the content on any third-party websites. HealthWorldNet is not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites, sites framed within the HealthWorldNet Site, third-party sites provided as search results, or third-party advertisements, and does not make any representations regarding their content or accuracy. Your use of third-party websites is at your own risk and subject to the terms and conditions of use for such sites. HealthWorldNet does not endorse any product, service, or treatment advertised on the HealthWorldNet Site.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold HealthWorldNet, its officers, directors, employees, agents, licensors, and suppliers, harmless from and against any claims, actions or demands, liabilities and settlements including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, resulting from, or alleged to result from, your disregard or violation of these Terms and Conditions or your use of Heath WorldNet.
HealthWorldNet is based in Glendora, California, in the United States of America. HealthWorldNet makes no claims that HealthWorldNet, any site within the HealthWorldNet Network, or any content obtained through HealthWorldNet are appropriate, comply with any particular law, regulation or treaty or may be downloaded outside of the United States. Access to the Content may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the HealthWorldNet Network from outside the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of that specific jurisdiction.
The following provisions survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement for any reason whatsoever: Liability, User Submissions, User Submissions – image, video, audio files, Indemnity, Jurisdiction, and Complete Agreement.
Notice and takedown procedures
If you believe any materials accessible on or from the Site infringe your copyright, you may request removal of those materials (or access thereto) from this web site by contacting HealthWorldNet. Please describe the work, and where possible include a copy or the location (e.g., URL) of an authorized version of the work. Your notice to Heath WorldNet should include:
- Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and its location. Please describe the material, and provide us with its URL or any other pertinent information that will allow us to locate the material.
- Your name, address, telephone number and (if available) e-mail address.
- A statement that you have a good faith belief that the complained of use of the materials is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
- A statement that the information that you have supplied is accurate, and indicating that "under penalty of perjury," you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.
- A signature or the electronic equivalent from the copyright holder or authorized representative.
In an effort to protect the rights of copyright owners, HealthWorldNet maintains a policy for the termination, in appropriate circumstances, of subscribers and account holders of the Site who are repeat infringers.
Thank you for your cooperation. We hope you find the HealthWorldNet Site helpful and convenient to use! Questions, concerns or comments regarding this website, including any reports of non-functioning links, should be submitted using [email protected]. We try to respond to every email in a timely manner but due to volume may not always be able to do so.
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