Comment Policy

This is a moderated blog, and all comments will be reviewed before they are posted to ensure compliance with our comment policy. Therefore, comments may not show up immediately. Be advised that the IRP does not plan to respond to individual comments or questions on a routine basis.

To maintain a respectful dialogue, we’ve posted the guidelines of our comment policy below. In short:

  • Stay focused. All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain relevant to the IRP and this blog.
  • Be respectful. Personal attacks, profanity, and aggressive behavior are prohibited. Instigating arguments in a disrespectful way is also prohibited.
  • Tell the truth. Spreading misleading or false information is prohibited.
  • No spam. Repeated posting of identical or very similar content in a counter-productive manner is prohibited – this includes posts aggressively promoting services or products.
  • No medical advice. Comments that seek specific diagnosis or request medical advice will not be posted.
  • No commercial endorsements. Comments that promote a particular service, or product, and solicitation of any proposal or business will not be posted.
  • Withhold unsubstantiated political views. Partisan political views that are either unfair or unsubstantiated will not be published.

We retain the discretion to determine which comments violate our comment policy. We also reserve the right to remove and/or not allow comments to get posted. The views expressed within posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of the IRP, the NIH, or the federal government.

The IRP reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

Reporters are asked to send questions to the necessary media office through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted nor answered.

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This material may include useful hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and persons. We provide these links and pointers solely for our users’ information and convenience. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the IRP, the NIH, the United States Government, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying IRP endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

  • When you select a link to an outside website, you are leaving the IRP domain and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.
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