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Doctors Lounge - Terms and conditions of Use

Published: February 05, 2009. Updated: August 11, 2009

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS SITE. By using this site, you signify your assent to these Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree to all of these Terms and Conditions of use, do not use this site!

Doctors Lounge may revise and update these Terms and Conditions at any time. Your continued usage of Doctors Lounge website ("Doctors Lounge," or the "Site," or "we") will mean you accept those changes.

Our Information.

We include a lot of information on doctorslounge.com, including articles, references, tools, continuing education for consumers, medical professionals, and advertising. Please remember that some of the information on doctorslounge.com is meant for adults who are licensed healthcare professionals. While we hope you find it helpful, you should remember that it is not meant to serve as a substitute for your own clinical judgment as a healthcare professional. If you are a consumer who chooses to use the professional-level information on doctorslounge.com, you should not rely on that information as professional medical advice or use it to replace any relationship with your physician or other qualified healthcare professional. For medical concerns, including decisions about medications and other treatments, consumers should always consult their physician or, in serious cases, seek immediate assistance from emergency personnel.

We follow a standard set of editorial procedures for information that we put on doctorslounge.com. However, we don't offer you any warranty or guarantee related to our Web site. We specifically disclaim any warranties, express or implied, including implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. It's your job to evaluate the information and results from tools we provide. If you are a healthcare professional, you should exercise your professional judgment in evaluating any information, and we encourage you to confirm the information contained on our Web site with other sources before undertaking any treatment based on it. If you are a consumer, you should evaluate the information together with your physician or another qualified healthcare professional.

Some information on our Web site comes from you or from other users. We're not responsible for that information. Whether the information comes from us or from you, we're not liable for any damages resulting from your use of the information on our Web site.

Although we are selective about the organizations we link to, we don't assume any responsibility for any Web sites that are linked to our site or that you browse to after following a link from our site.

While we welcome your feedback on doctorslounge.com, we must make the final decisions about the content that is posted on the site to make sure it meets the needs of all our readers. You can use the contact link on our home page to send us comments and criticisms, but if you are dissatisfied with our response or with the contents of doctorslounge.com, your only remedy is to stop using the Web site.

THE SITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE.

The contents of the doctorslounge.com Site, such as text, graphics, images, information obtained from doctorslounge.com's licensors, and other material contained on the doctorslounge.com Site ("Content") are for informational purposes only. The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the doctorslounge.com Site!

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. doctorslounge.com does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site. Reliance on any information provided by doctorslounge.com, doctorslounge.com employees, others appearing on the Site at the invitation of doctorslounge.com, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk.

The Site may contain health- or medical-related materials that are sexually explicit. If you find these materials offensive, you may not want to use our Site.

CHILDREN'S PRIVACY.

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. You should be aware that this Site is not intended or designed to attract children under the age of 13. We do not collect personally identifiable information from any person we actually know is a child under the age of 13.

USE OF CONTENT.

doctorslounge.com authorizes you to view or download a single copy of the material on the doctorslounge.com Site solely for your personal, noncommercial use if you include the following copyright notice: "Copyright (c) 2001-2007, Doctors Lounge,  All rights reserved" and other copyright and proprietary rights notices that are contained in the Content. Any special rules for the use of certain software and other items accessible on the doctorslounge.com Site may be included elsewhere within the Site and are incorporated into these Terms and Conditions by reference.

The Content is protected by copyright under both United States and foreign laws. Title to the Content remains with Doctors Lounge 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 and features are subject to change or termination without notice in the editorial discretion of doctorslounge.com. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved to doctorslounge.com and its licensors.

If you violate any of these Terms and Conditions, your permission to use the Content automatically terminates and you must immediately destroy any copies you have made of any portion of the Content.

LIABILITY OF Doctors Lounge AND ITS LICENSORS.

The use of the doctorslounge.com Site and the Content is at your own risk.

When using the doctorslounge.com Site, information will be transmitted over a medium that may be beyond the control and jurisdiction of doctorslounge.com and its suppliers. Accordingly, doctorslounge.com 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 doctorslounge.com Site.

The doctorslounge.com Site and the content are provided on an "as is" basis. doctorslounge.com, ITS LICENSORS, AND ITS SUPPLIERS, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EITHER 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, doctorslounge.com, its licensors, and its suppliers make no representations or warranties about the following:

1. The accuracy, reliability, completeness, currentness, or timeliness of the Content, software, text, graphics, links, or communications provided on or through the use of the doctorslounge.com Site or other doctorslounge.com services.

2. 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 doctorslounge.com Site.

In no event shall doctorslounge.com, its licensors, its suppliers, or any third parties mentioned on the doctorslounge.com 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 doctorslounge.com Site or the Content, whether based on warranty, contract, tort, or any other legal theory, and whether or not doctorslounge.com is advised of the possibility of such damages. doctorslounge.com shall be liable only to the extent of actual damages incurred by you, not to exceed U.S. $1000. doctorslounge.com is 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.

USER SUBMISSIONS.

You agree that you will not upload or transmit any communications or content of any type to the Public Areas (including message boards, Ask a Doctor postings, etc.) that infringe or violate any rights of any party. 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 doctorslounge.com 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. If you submit any business information, idea, concept or invention to doctorslounge.com by email, you agree such submission is non-confidential for all purposes.

By submitting any information ("Information") to the Public Areas of doctorslounge.com or to doctorslounge.com via email you grant doctorslounge.com a royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable, world-wide, nonexclusive right and license to: (i) use, reproduce, create derivative works from, modify, publish, edit, translate, distribute, perform, and display the Information in all forms of media and in any format, now known or hereinafter created; (ii) grant sublicenses to the Information to third parties; and (iii) transfer, sell, or lease the Information to third parties. Any information that you do not wish to be treated as Information should not be submitted to the Public Areas or to doctorslounge.com by email.

PASSWORDS.

doctorslounge.com has several tools that allow you to record and store information. For example, Doctors Lounge Medical Forums is a service that allows you to record limited amounts of personal health information on a voluntary basis on servers maintained by doctorslounge.com or on its behalf. Doctors Lounge Medical Forums is structured to allow access only to visitors with a valid password.

You are responsible for taking all reasonable steps to ensure that no unauthorized person shall have access to your doctorslounge.com passwords or accounts. It is your sole responsibility to (1) control the dissemination and use of activation codes and passwords; (2) authorize, monitor, and control access to and use of your doctorslounge.com account and password; (3) promptly inform doctorslounge.com of any need to deactivate a password. You grant doctorslounge.com and all other persons or entities involved in the operation of the Site the right to transmit, monitor, retrieve, store, and use your information in connection with the operation of the Site. doctorslounge.com cannot and does not assume any responsibility or liability for any information you submit, including to Doctors Lounge Medical Forums, or your or third parties' use or misuse of information transmitted or received using doctorslounge.com tools and services, including Doctors Lounge Medical Forums.

doctorslounge.com MEMBER TO MEMBER AREAS ("PUBLIC AREAS").

If you use a Public Area, such as a chat room, bulletin board (forum) or community Ask A Doctor posting, Medical Forums, or other member communities, 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. doctorslounge.com is 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 your doctor or 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 doctorslounge.com 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 doctorslounge.com, exposes doctorslounge.com or any of its customers or suppliers to any liability or detriment of any type.

doctorslounge.com reserves the right (but is not obligated) to do any or all of the following:

  • Record the dialogue in public chat rooms.
  • Investigate an allegation that a communication(s) 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).
  • Remove communications which 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 doctorslounge.com Site upon any breach of these Terms and Conditions.
  • Monitor, edit, or disclose any communication in the Public Areas.
  • Edit or delete any communication(s) posted on the doctorslounge.com Site, regardless of whether such communication(s) violate these standards.

doctorslounge.com reserves the right to take any action it deems necessary to protect the personal safety of our guests or the public. doctorslounge.com has no liability or responsibility to users of the doctorslounge.com Site or any other person or entity for performance or nonperformance of the aforementioned activities.

Doctors Lounge Medical Forums

While the administrators and moderators of the forums will attempt to remove or edit any generally objectionable material as quickly as possible, it is impossible to review every message. Therefore you acknowledge that all posts made to these forums express the views and opinions of the author and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster (except for posts by these people) and hence will not be held liable.

You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening, sexually-oriented or any other material that may violate any applicable laws. Doing so may lead to you being immediately and permanently banned (and your service provider being informed). The IP address of all posts is recorded to aid in enforcing these conditions. You agree that the webmaster, administrator and moderators of this forum have the right to remove, edit, move or close any topic at any time should they see fit. As a user you agree to any information you have entered above being stored in a database. While this information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent the webmaster, administrator and moderators cannot be held responsible for any hacking attempt that may lead to the data being compromised.

This forum system uses cookies to store information on your local computer. These cookies do not contain any of the personal information you have entered while registering to become a member; they serve only to improve your viewing pleasure. The e-mail address is used only for confirming your registration details and password (and for sending new passwords should you forget your current one).

ADVERTISEMENTS, SEARCHES AND LINKS TO OTHER SITES.

doctorslounge.com may provide links to third-party web sites. doctorslounge.com also may select certain sites as priority responses to search terms you enter and doctorslounge.com may agree to allow advertisers to respond to certain search terms with advertisements or sponsored content. doctorslounge.com does not recommend and does not endorse the content on any third-party websites. doctorslounge.com is not responsible for the content of linked third-party sites, sites framed within the doctorslounge.com 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. doctorslounge.com does not endorse any product advertised on the doctorslounge.com Site.

INDEMNITY.

You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold doctorslounge.com, 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 violation of these Terms and Conditions.

GENERAL.

Doctors Lounge is currently based in Cairo, Egypt. doctorslounge.com makes no claims that the Content is appropriate or may be downloaded. Access to the Content may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the doctorslounge.com Site, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction. The following provisions survive the expiration or termination of these Terms and Conditions for any reason whatsoever: Liability, User Submissions, Indemnity, Jurisdiction, and Complete Agreement.

JURISDICTION.

You expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute with doctorslounge.com, or in any way relating to your use of the doctorslounge.com Site, resides in the courts of Cairo, Egypt and you further agree and expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction in the courts of the Cairo, Egypt in connection with any such dispute including any claim involving doctorslounge.com or its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, contractors, officers, directors, telecommunication providers, and content providers.

These Terms and Conditions are governed by the internal substantive laws of Cairo, Egypt, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition.

LINKING TO US.

Usually, we don't mind if you have a simple link from your Web site to ours. However, you must first ask our permission if you intend to frame our site or incorporate pieces of it into a different site or product in a way that is not clear to our users. You aren't allowed to link to us if you engage in illegal, obscene, or offensive content, or if the link in any way has a negative impact on our reputation.

COMPLETE AGREEMENT.

Except as expressly provided in a particular "legal notice" on the doctorslounge.com Site, these Terms and Conditions and the doctorslounge.com Privacy Policy and Agreement constitute the entire agreement between you and doctorslounge.com with respect to the use of the doctorslounge.com Site, and Content.

Thank you for your cooperation. We hope you find the doctorslounge.com Site helpful and convenient to use! Questions or comments regarding this website, including any reports of non-functioning links, should be directed by electronic mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We try to answer every email in a timely manner but are not always able to do so.

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