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Medical Advice Disclaimer

It is not the intention of the NIEHS to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Specific medical advice will not be provided, and the NIEHS urges you to consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to your personal questions.

General Disclaimers

The NIEHS does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions expressed on the NIEHS Web site do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Government, and they may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. Pop-up advertisements encountered while visiting the NIEHS Web site were most likely produced by other sites you visited or by third party software installed on your computer. The NIEHS does not endorse or recommend products or services that may appear in such pop-up advertisements.

 

Much of the information on the NIEHS Web site is in the public domain and may be used and reproduced without specific permission, however, any reproduction should contain proper acknowledgement to the NIEHS including a reference to the Web site. Certain material on this Web site, and on other government Web sites to which the NIEHS provides links, is used under license, however, may not be in the public domain. Users should check with the contacts for specific sections of the NIEHS site, as well as the permissions policies of external sites to find out the terms under which the information found there can be used or reproduced.

Links to and Comments from External Sites

The NIEHS Web site has links to many external Web sites. The NIEHS cannot guarantee the privacy or security of information users provide to linked, external Web sites. The NIEHS is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does NIEHS endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services, or information described or offered at these external sites.

NIEHS also embeds video and multimedia from external Web sites. If you choose to play multimedia from external sites, the privacy and accessibility policies of those Web sites will apply.

NIH Privacy Policy

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Privacy Policy: Third-Party Sites and Applications

Third-Party Websites and Applications

AddThis: NIEHS uses the AddThis service to allow visitors to bookmark and share website content on a variety of social media sites. Visitors who use the AddThis service to share content do not need to register or provide any personal information. AddThis collects non-personal data, including the aggregate and summary statistics on browsers and usage patterns. AddThis also uses non-personal data to manage the service efficiently and diagnose server problems. Although AddThis offers some analytics and usage data to NIEHS, these reports do not include any personally identifiable information. The reports are password protected and only available to NIEHS managers, members of the NIEHS Communications and Web Teams, and other designated staff requiring this information to perform their duties. The AddThis privacy policy is available at: http://www.addthis.com/privacy

URL shorteners: NIEHS uses bit.ly, go.usa.gov, and other services to shorten long URLs for use in email messages, Twitter feeds and on Facebook pages. These services generally collect and provide data on how often email recipients, Facebook and Twitter-users click on the shortened URLs distributed by NIEHS. These analytics show how many people clicked on the URLs posted by NIEHS compared to the total number of clicks on the shortened URLs. Analytics do not provide any personally identifiable information about the visitors who opened the shortened links.

Facebook: NIEHS has a Facebook page located at http://www.facebook.com/nih.niehs . On the NIEHS Facebook page, NIEHS staff posts news and other items of interest to citizens. If you have a Facebook account or 'Like' NIEHS Facebook pages, you can post comments or click on the 'like' option for individual entries. If you comment or click on the 'like' button, personally identifying information will be visible to NIEHS staff and other Facebook site visitors. The amount of visible personal information will depend on your own Facebook privacy settings. You can completely avoid displaying any personally identifiable information by not creating an account, not posting comments and not clicking on the 'like' options in Facebook. NIEHS staff does not collect, use or disclose any information about visitors who comment or 'like' the NIEHS Facebook sites. Facebook collects and reports on non-personally identifiable information about activities on Facebook pages. This information is password protected and only available to NIEHS managers, members of the NIEHS Communications and Web Teams, and other designated staff who require this information to perform their duties. The Facebook privacy policy is available at: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php

Twitter: NIEHS uses Twitter to send short messages (up to 140 characters) or 'Tweets' to share information about NIEHS with visitors and respond to comments and inquiries sent via Twitter to NIEHS. While visitors may read the NIEHS Twitter feeds without subscribing to them, visitors who want to subscribe to (or follow) NIEHS Twitter feeds must create a Twitter account at www.twitter.com. To create an account, you must provide some personal information, such as name, user name, password and email address. Visitors have the option to provide additional personal information including a short biography, location or a picture. Most information you provide for a Twitter account is available to the public, but you can modify how much of your information is visible by changing your privacy settings at the Twitter.com website. NIEHS staff members monitor the number of subscribers and respond to comments and queries via Twitter, but the staff never takes possession of the personal information belonging to Twitter followers. NIEHS does not collect, maintain, disclose or share any information about people who follow NIEHS on Twitter. The Twitter privacy policy is available at: http://twitter.com/privacy

YouTube: NIEHS posts videos on YouTube and uses videos from YouTube on our site. You do not need to register with either YouTube or Google (YouTube owner) to watch NIEHS videos. When visitors watch videos, YouTube may record non-personally identifiable information about its site usage, such as channels used, videos watched, and data transfer details to improve its services. If you log on to the YouTube site before watching NIEHS videos, YouTube may associate information about your site use with your YouTube account. If you log on to YouTube and comment on an NIEHS video, any personal information you included when registering for your account will be visible to visitors who click on the comment. If you do not log in before watching NIEHS videos posted on YouTube, your site use will not be associated with you or a YouTube account. The YouTube privacy policy is available at: http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy

Flickr: NIEHS posts photos on Flickr for public viewing. You do not need to register with either Flickr or Yahoo (Flickr owner) to view photos. When visitors view photos, Flickr may record non-personally identifiable information about its site usage and data transfer details to improve its services. If you log on to the site before viewing photos, Flickr may associate information about your site use with your account. If you do not log in before viewing photos, your site use will not be associated with you or your account. The Flickr privacy policy is available at: http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/flickr/details.html

Google Maps: NIEHS uses Google Maps to create interactive maps on our site. You do not need to register with either Google to use NIEHS maps. When visitors load maps, Google may record non-personally identifiable information about its site usage, such as clicks made, zooms in and out, searches, and data transfer details to improve its services. If you log on to the Google site before loading the NIEHS maps, Google may associate information about your site use with your Google account. If you do not log in before using NIEHS maps enabled by Google, your site use will not be associated with you or a Google account. The Google privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

GitHub: NIEHS staff post code and other scientific analysis methods of interest to other scientists and informaticians. GitHub provides another mechanism to draw attention to the published code or analytical methods developed by NIEHS scientists. The amount of visible personal information depends on your own GitHub privacy settings. You can completely avoid displaying any personal information by not creating an account, not posting code or other scientific information, and not creating a repository. NIEHS staff users control their own accounts and what information is shared.

Accessibility

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIEHS is making every effort to ensure that the information available on our website is accessible to all. If you use special adaptive equipment to access the Web and encounter problems when using our site, please let us know.

Write to: webcenter@niehs.nih.gov and we will attempt to provide the information to you in a suitable format. It would be helpful if you can be as specific as possible when describing the information you seek.

If you prefer to call, our main number is 919-541-3345.

If you need help accessing a PDF document, Adobe® offers conversion tools at its Accessibility Resource Center.

For help with Microsoft® products, visit their accessibility page at this location.

For NIH employees, who need assistance with accessibility, please contact the equal employment opportunity officer in your Institute.

To learn more about the regulations governing the accessibility of Federal electronic information products, visit the United States Access Board or the official Section 508 page.

Thanks for using the NIEHS website.

Questions

Questions about NIEHS Internet policies should be sent to: webmaster@niehs.nih.gov.

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