What Is RSS? | What Is an RSS Reader? | How Do I View RSS Feeds on My Computer?
What If I Already Have an RSS Reader? | For Yahoo! and Google Users | Terms of Use | Podcasts

List of CAP RSS Feeds:

 CAP ACO Resource Center News
The latest news from the CAP ACO Center
 Updated CAP Cancer Protocols and Checklists
Updated Cancer
Reporting Protocols
 New CAP Cancer Protocols and Checklists
New Cancer Protocols
and Checklist
 CAP Statline
Federal and State News
Monthly CAP News
and Announcements
 CAP Pathology News
on the CAP Website
 CAP Resident News
News for
Pathology Residents
Add to My Yahoo
 Case of the Month
Information About
Cancer Diagnosis
Information on
Laboratory Medicine
 NewsPath Podcast
 Most recent local Medicare coverage information
Most recent local Medicare coverage information

What Is RSS?

RSS logo

RSS, an acronym for Really Simple Syndication, is a method used by blogs, podcasts, online newspapers and other web-enabled news sources to rapidly publish information via the World Wide Web. The information published online via RSS by a web publisher is usually referred to as a “feed”. Feeds are automatically updated whenever new information, usually in the form of a news story, is published to the Web. Feeds usually contain a brief synopsis of the news story in the form of a headline, followed by a very short summary of its contents, that is hyperlinked to a full version of the story posted on a website.

A screenshot of Snarfer, one of the more popular RSS reader/aggregators.
A screenshot of Snarfer, one of the more popular free RSS readers. Snarfer can access both news feeds and podcasts. The CAP podcast featured here is entitled, "Dr. Schwartz’s Inauguration Speech at CAP ’07".

What is an RSS reader?

An RSS reader, also known as an “aggregator”, is a computer program that is designed to automatically retrieve information published via RSS to the user's computer by frequently polling the web address, or “URL”, of the feed. This web address is provided by any RSS-enabled website selected by the user, who can subscribe to their RSS feed by clicking on the orange-colored RSS logo (RSS logo) commonly used to indicate the availability of an RSS feed, or by clicking on a hyperlink provided by the publisher, and then following the instructions provided. After the user's RSS reader has been correctly installed, when new news becomes available, the user's RSS reader will automatically download the latest information published by the website the user has elected to receive news from and present it to the user in a useful, summary form. In sum, an RSS reader provides computer users with the convenience of receiving a variety of timely, relevant news stories and information on their computer desktop from one or more websites without having to take the time to visit each website individually.

How Do I View RSS Feeds on My Computer?

To view news feeds on your computer, you need to download an RSS reader. There are a number of RSS readers available, many of which are free.

What If I Already Have an RSS Reader?

If you already have an RSS reader, follow these steps:

1. Click the link that corresponds to the topic that interests you in the list of CAP RSS Feeds below.

2. Copy the URL/shortcut that appears in the address bar of the new page.

3. Paste the URL into your RSS reader. Typically this involves going to “File/New/New Feed” on your RSS reader menu (the exact wording may vary), and pasting the copied URL into the feed address space provided by your reader, carefully following any other instructions given by your reader.

For Yahoo! and Google Users:

If you are a My Yahoo! or Google user, follow these steps:
1. Click on the “Add to My Yahoo!” or “Add to Google” button next to the topic you wish to subscribe to in the list below.
2. Follow the instructions provided by the feed publisher you selected for adding their feed to your RSS reader. also offers podcasting feeds Podcasts

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Terms of Use

By RSS (Really Simple Syndication) service offers feeds of publications, pathology news, and advocacy news in XML format (“RSS Content”) to members of CAP who use RSS aggregators. These Terms of Use govern your use of the RSS service. The use of the RSS service also is subject to the terms and conditions of the CAP Terms and Conditions, which governs the use of CAP’s websites and content. These Terms and Conditions may be changed by CAP at any time without notice.