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What is RSS?

RSS, which is shorthand for “Really Simple Syndication”, is an easy way to see when new content has been added to a website. You do not have to revisit the website to check whether new content has been added, the RSS feed will automatically update and alert you. RSS feeds can be any type of content and you can have many different feeds from various websites.

How do I use RSS feeds?

Over the coming months, RSS will start to be built into much of the software that you use on a day to day basis. If you use Microsoft products then RSS feeds can be plugged into software such as Outlook 2007 and Internet Explorer 7. However, there are many free products currently on the web that allow you to access RSS feeds. These are listed below.

If you have a browser based RSS reader then you will be able to access your feeds from any computer which is connected to the internet. Software readers usually can only be read from the computer you have installed it on. As an anaesthetist, you may want to have access to your latest feeds from different places so a solution that allows remote viewing would be advisable. Another option is to install your RSS reader onto your handheld device which allows you to download then read at a later date.

Once you have a suitable reader which suits your needs, you merely have to plug in the feeds that are of interest to you. You can subscribe to the feed in various ways, including by dragging the URL of the feed into your news reader or by cutting and pasting the same URL into a new feed in your news reader. Most sites that offer feeds use a similar orange button to represent RSS feeds, but some may just have a normal web link.

Some browsers, including Firefox, Opera and Safari, automatically check for feeds for you when you visit a website, and display an icon when they find one. This can make subscribing to feeds much easier.

What RSS readers are available?

The following site outlines and compares the RSS readers available for a number of platforms and is an excellent resource.

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AUK Medical News

AUK Journal Abstracts

Image library

More feeds to come!

External feeds

BBC News

BBC Sport


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