Web Content RSS Feeds

What is an RSS Feed and How do I Use It?

RSS stands for ‘Really Simple Syndication’. Many people describe it as a ‘news feed’ to which you subscribe for free content. RSS is a technology that is still being used by millions of web users around the world to keep track of their favorite websites and blogs.

In the ‘old days’ of the web to keep track of updates on a website, you had to ‘bookmark’ websites in your browser and manually return to them on a regular basis to see what had been added. This is still an option, but RSS feeds allow content to come to you.

What if you could tell a blog to let you know every time it is updated? This is what RSS does for you.

Then, you can add the shortcode everywhere you want (pages, posts, widgets etc):

RSS is a technology that provides you with a method of getting relevant and up to date information sent to you for you to read in your own time. It saves you time and helps you to get the information you want quickly after it was published. You don’t need an email to tell you when there is an update. You will know automatically as soon as new material is published.
It’s almost like subscribing to a magazine that is delivered to your door, RSS feeds are delivered wherever you’d like to receive it – your iPad (or tablet), direct to your email clients such as Outlook or Gmail, for example. You can then read and download transmissions offline at your leisure.
How to Use RSS
Get an RSS Reader – The first thing you’ll want to do if you would like to use a RSS is to get an RSS Feed Reader. There are many feed readers going around with a variety of approaches and features – however, an online search for "RSS Feed Reader" for the device where you’d like to receive the feed (desktop, laptop, tablet, phone) will turn up a number of free selections.
Typically the feeds work a little like receiving emails. As you subscribe to the feed you’ll see that unread entries will be marked as bold. As you click on them you’ll see the latest update and can read it right there in the feed reader. You are given the option to click through to the actual site or move onto the next unread item – marking the last one as ‘read’.
Don’t want to Use an RSS Reader? Email is still an Option
If the above explanation all just seems a little too complicated for you then please don’t worry. You will continue to receive email updates as new information is posted. Just make sure you have signed up in various areas of the CMDA website where we offer simple subscription forms for various resources, and we will send you email notifications when new content is available.

Please note: CMDA does not provide technical assistance for the use of RSS Feeds or the installation and use of RSS Feed Readers.

RSS RSS Feed: The Point Blog

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    Nobody who knows me would call me an athlete. If I wasn’t picked last for team sports at school, then it was next to last. Every time. Because of this pathetic natural ability, I have never been one who availed myself of all the sports opportunities I was given. The post Transgender Athletics: A Justice […]
    Amy Givler, MD
  • The Ptarmigan Trail March 12, 2019
    “‘What is truth?’ Pilate asked…” (John 18:38, NIV 1984). I spoke again to my friend in the mountains, the one who follows Buddha rather than Christ, the one who suffered multiple surgeries from a skateboard accident. We met up again in Colorado when I was there recently for a medical conference. We climbed together to […]
    Al Weir, MD
  • Christian Doctor’s Digest – March 2019 March 11, 2019
    The March 2019 issue of Christian Doctor’s Digest... we're talking about getting together with old friends from organizations that we have worked with for many years. Our guests are Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, CEO of Nurses Christian Fellowship and John Stonestreet, host of Breakpoint. The post Christian Doctor’s Digest – March 2019 appeared first on Christian Medical […]
    Christian Medical & Dental Associations®
  • Essay 15: Medicine Needs Challengers March 7, 2019
    As noted in previous essays, a New England Journal of Medicine opinion piece entitled, "Physicians, Not Conscripts — Conscientious Objection in Health Care," by Affordable Care Act architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and University of Pennsylvania professor Ronit Stahl, advocates for limiting the exercise of conscience objections. The post Essay 15: Medicine Needs Challengers appeared first […]
    Jonathan Imbody
  • Chasing the Wind March 6, 2019
    In dental school, several of my instructors would mention their theory of why the suicide rate among dentists was so high, sometimes as a joke or some for serious reasons. One professor’s theory made the most sense to me: Work itself can become very redundant and most restorations eventually fail. You can feel like you’ve […]
    Christian Medical & Dental Associations®
  • Mountain Wonder March 5, 2019
    “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3, NIV 1984). The post Mountain Wonder appeared first on Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
    Al Weir, MD
  • On the Side: March 2019 March 4, 2019
    The restaurant play area was already packed with children. I could only imagine the germs that my three 2-year-olds were about to encounter. I could just turn around and walk back to the car – I didn’t know a soul there and they would never miss me. Honestly, the ONLY reason I kept moving forward […]
    Carol Mason Shrader
  • Disappointment, Rejection and Betrayal, and Reasonable Expectations February 28, 2019
    My senior pastor instructs that successful Christian living—I would add “or any successful life”—requires being prepared for the inevitability of disappointment, rejection and betrayal. Expectation is not fixation but preparation. The aim is not to sour you on life, but to bullet proof you a bit from its down side and to recognize the prize […]
    Andrè Van Mol, MD
  • Blue Heeler Love February 26, 2019
    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34, NIV 1984). He was there to check his iron levels, a bit younger than I with a black, bushy beard. I asked him about the deep scratches on his arms. “That’s from my […]
    Al Weir, MD
  • About 39 Minutes Remaining… February 21, 2019
    The little gray box at the upper corner of my laptop screen told me certain updates could not be completed without a restart. Might as well “Restart Now” and get it over with, so I could plunge into the day’s work without further interruption, right? The post About 39 Minutes Remaining… appeared first on Christian […]
    Stan Haegert, MD, MPH