RSS, an acronym for Really Simple Syndication provides an easy method to get the latest updates from your favorite web sites or blogs without having to go to each individual site. Instead of visiting each site, all you need to do is subscribe to the site's RSS or Atom feed and updates will be delivered directly to your RSS reader. By occasionally checking your RSS reader you can keep on top of your favorite news sites, blogs, and Galter Health Sciences Library News. The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, and many other medical journals now offer RSS feeds of their tables of contents. Web sites that offer feeds typically display these or similar icons you see to the right.
To receive RSS or Atom feeds, you will need an RSS reader (sometimes called news aggregators). There are many RSS readers available these days so if you don't like the first one you try, you can always switch to another. All of the newest versions of the major browsers have a built-in RSS reader component. Firefox also has several RSS reader add-ons available.
The process of subscribing to feeds will vary depending on which reader you are using. Some readers will automatically detect feeds from Web sites, others allow you to drag and drop the orange feed icons to subscribe, and others will require that you cut and paste the URL of the Web site to subscribe. The latest versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer will prompt you to choose a reader when you click on the feed icon in the URL.
To subscribe to library news, click the orange RSS icon in right hand side bar on the Library News page.
There are scores of medical news sites and blogs that offer RSS feeds. This list is but a drop in the bucket. If you would like to suggest a site for inclusion on this list please send your suggestions to Mark Berendsen.
Clinical Cases and Images
This blog is a case-based curriculum for clinical medicine. Several new cases are posted each week.
Family Medicine Digital Resources Library
A free site from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine where you can search or browse for conference presentations, PowerPoint lectures, digital images, and curricular materials. An RSS feed to this site notifies you when new material has been added.
FDA Patient Safety News
News alerts covering drug and medical equipment safety.
Up to date drug and food recalls from the FDA.
This site, from the National Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Helsinki, allows you to search for and browse medical feeds by topic or journal name without an RSS reader.
Medical Journal RSS feeds
Ebling Library at the University of Wisconsin has compiled a nice list of medical journals offering RSS feeds. Click on the orange icon next to the journal name to subscribe to the feed for that journal.
Medical News Today
This site provides press releases with abstracts from newly published papers. You can subscribe to the general news feed or any of more than 100 medical specialty feeds.
Medworm is a medical RSS feed provider as well as a search engine built on data collected from RSS feeds. You can search or browse Medworm for the latest news by topic or specialty. The feeds are from medical journals, government entities, news sources, and medical associations. You can view feeds by using the free Medworm service or by subscribing to them through your RSS reader.
NIH News Releases
The latest news from the National Institutes of Health
The Palmdoc Chronicles
Visit the Palmdoc Chronicles for the latest medical PDA news.
PubMed Search Results
See our Current Awareness Guide for instructions on creating RSS feeds of your PubMed searches. New results will automatically be delivered to your RSS reader when relevant articles conforming to your search criteria are added to PubMed.
The latest health news from Reuters news service.