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Last updated on March 15th 2013

About Us

ehealthMD is brought to you by Health Information Publications (HIP), a company specializing in creating outstanding, reliable, up-to-date health information delivered over the Web. We are committed to leading the field in offering the most authoritative, visually compelling, and dynamically presented health information in the world. Our mission is to produce the "gold standard" for health information on the Internet. Our content is designed to reach a worldwide audience of people looking for high-quality, well-researched health information relevant to them.

Our company's roots were planted in the 1980s when Health Information Publications produced award-winning patient education booklets distributed throughout the United States (for TIME Inc.) and United Kingdom on a wide variety of health conditions and their treatments. We have moved from print to electronic communications, and our commitment to producing top-quality health information has not changed. Our content formed the basis for Yahoo's own health information portal.

HIP has created a 100% original new source of outstanding and trustworthy health content available on the Web. Our editorial board is composed of luminaries in the field of medicine, and our contributors include more than 200 physicians recognized worldwide for their contribution to medicine. A team of 65 award-winning writers and designers has helped to ensure the exceptional presentation of our material. We have sought out some of America's outstanding medical illustrators to prepare the highest quality artwork to support our content.

The ehealthMD Library, developed by HIP, has been described variously as "the world's best," "extremely rich content," and "magnificent." It covers the entire spectrum of medical and health-related subjects in depth, in keeping with our mission to provide the most authoritative, trustworthy, and reliable health information source on the Internet. We continually add new topics and keep our information up to date.

The information we have developed on this site is meant to enhance and complement the relationship between a patient and his or doctor and not replace it.

This website is funded mainly by content licensing agreements and by selected advertising on this site. Our website hosts advertisement banners and sponsored links. Advertisements are marked by the word "Advertisement" or "Sponsored Links." We do not promote or advertise any product within our content. Our content is free of any commercial influence. We do not control the content that appears in any advertisement on our site. We make every effort to assess the honesty of any content in an advertisement on our site.

Transparency

We make every effort to ensure information is presented as clearly as possible. Visitors who seek further information or support may use our comment form. To reach the comment form, click on Contact Us, available at the top right of every page on the website. Comments are read daily, and all comments will be forwarded to the appropriate person within our organization.

Privacy Policy

We respect all our visitors' right to personal privacy and want you to feel as comfortable as possible visiting our website. When you visit and navigate our website, we will not collect personal information about you unless you provide us that information voluntarily.

Our privacy policy tells you what information we collect about you, how we protect it, and what choices you have about how that information is used.

Registration

You are always welcome to use our Website without registering or providing any personal information. However, for certain services, including free health emails, chats or posting on discussion boards, we require you to register.

If you do register, we ask for your email address, your first and last name, your zip or postcode and year of your birth. We give you the option of providing additional information, including gender, city, state and country.

Any information we obtain about you is used in aggregate form only, which means we combine your information with data collected from other individuals to produce anonymous statistical information. For example, we may collect information about the percentage of male to female visitors or the age range of our most frequent visitors. This information helps us to better develop content to meet our visitors' needs. We never provide any personal details to any third parties, including advertisers and sponsors, though we do provide them with the aggregate anonymous information, like the examples just given.

Any personal information you give us is treated as confidential. We will not disclose to third parties any identifying personal information without first contacting you and obtaining your permission to share this information.

Google Analytics

Currently we are using Google Analytics to analyze the audience of the website and improve our content. No personal information is collected from Google Analytics. For further information on the privacy policy concerning Google Analytics, please go here:

http://www.google.com/intl/en_uk/analytics/privacyoverview.html

Security of Information

We use security procedures to protect the personal information you submit, stored in our secure database behind an electronic firewall. Access to our database is limited to a few computer technicians who are required to maintain the database and who can access this database only using passwords.

While no Internet site can guarantee that it is completely secure from people who might attempt to evade security measures, we make every effort to safeguard your personal information.

ehealthMD cannot completely ensure privacy of email communications to and from our site because they are not encrypted, and therefore not secure. Emails can be intercepted without your knowledge and permission while in transit to and from our site. Therefore, if you are concerned about your privacy, we suggest that you do not use email to communicate information to us that you consider sensitive.

When you use ehealthMD's "email this page to a friend", ehealthMD emails the article you designate to your friend's email address and lists your email address as the sender. ehealthMD uses the friend's email address only for the purpose of sending your friend the email you requested and for no other purpose unless otherwise disclosed to you at the time you send the email.

Cookies

ehealthMD uses cookies, which are small files sent to your web browser and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies are used to streamline your visit to our site and help speed up your access to the website and specific web pages. Cookies tell the website certain information, so you don't have to fill in the same information each time you visit. For example, the ehealthMD "send this page to a friend" feature cookies.

A website generally assigns a different cookie to each computer. Cookies allow website owners to track how often you visit and what you sought on the website (for example what articles you searched or which forum topics you visited). This information allows the website to design advertising and web pages of specific interest to you and to monitor how many people are using the site and viewing any advertising on the site. Information obtained from cookies can be used to determine the popularity of certain content or advertisements on the site, or target certain advertisements to your browser.

Most web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, offer options for blocking or accepting cookies; you can also elect to receive notice every time a web site sends a cookie to your browser. However, some website functions may be lost if you block cookies.

If you click on an advertisement of sponsorship acknowledgement on our site, you will be leaving our site and will be directed to the advertisers or sponsors site. ehealthMD has no control over the practices of other websites. Your computer may receive cookies from other sites.

Surveys

To ensure our users' have the best possible experience on our site, we periodically conduct surveys. In our surveys we may ask you for demographic information such as your age and gender, town, zip or post code, and country. This information is collected only as anonymous, aggregated information and used only for statistical purposes.

Testimonials

We will specifically request your permission to use any comment you email us as a testimonial. We will request your permission to allow us to attach your name, and where you live, to your comment.

Effect of Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is not intended to and does not create any contractual or legal rights in or on behalf of any party. This privacy policy may be revised periodically. So changes to our privacy policy may not affect use of your personal information. We may not notify you of such changes. However, we will notify you of any material changes to the policy -- that is, changes that affect how and if we use or disclose your personal information. We will post changes to this privacy statement, the home page, and other appropriate places throughout the site. Registered users will be notified by email. We always want readers to know what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

Please review this privacy statement often. If you do not accept our privacy policy, please exit the site immediately.

The ehealthMD Forum

We invite readers to participate in the ehealthMD Forum. Our Forum is moderated by medically trained personnel. Any medical or health advice provided and hosted on this site will only be given by medically trained and qualified professionals, unless a clear statement is made that a piece of advice offered is from a non-medically qualified individual or organization. Medical professionals include both volunteers and paid staff. All comments signed off by The Editor are written by a medical doctor (MD). Forum users not describing a personal experience (about their own health or investigations) is expected to support their comments with appropriate links.

Users of this forum are expected to place information that to the best of their knowledge is true and correct. The Forum is moderated regularly (daily). All posts are read before being made public. All users of the Forum are expected to behave with respect and honesty at all times. Anyone misusing the Forum will be immediately banned from further use without notification. The information offered on the Forum is to complement your relationship with your physician and not replace it. The minimum age for the use of the Forum is 16. Users of this forum are not allowed to publish advertisements in any form whatsoever.

Contact Information

By accessing or using the ehealthMD website, you agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions of ehealthMD policies as posted at the time you access or use the site. If you have any questions, please click on the Contact Us link, located at the top right on every page of our site. Comments will be screened for spam.