RSS Feeds


Featured News
Press Releases
World Health News
Magazine Stories
In the News

Feed Information

RSS feeds use a technology called XML to deliver headlines and summaries to your desktop or Web browser. Many organizations from the New York Times to NPR to NIH are using RSS to quickly deliver timely information to users.

If you click an RSS link, but do not have a compatible reader installed, you will see XML code in your browser. To view the headlines, paste the feed address into an RSS news reader or use a browser which supports RSS feeds (i.e., FireFox).

RSS Readers

Stand alone

  • Amphetadesk ­ Windows, Mac, Linux (open source); freeware
  • RSSOwl ­ All Platforms (open source); freeware

For HSPH Community

  • MyHSPH has built-in RSS functionality and offer a growing number of preconfigured HSPH and Harvard feeds
  • Login to
  • Click Personalize
  • Click Add available topic to a page
  • RSS feeds available are listed as News Feed: New Feed Name (i.e., News Feed: Harvard Public Heath Now)


Live Bookmarks is a new technology in Firefox that lets you view RSS news and blog headlines in the bookmarks toolbar or bookmarks menu. With one glance, quickly see the latest headlines from your favorite sites. Go directly to the articles that interest you­saving you time.

A site is enabled for Live Bookmarks when you see this icon on the bottom right corner of the browser. Clicking on the icon and selecting an RSS feed will bring up the Add Bookmark dialog. Select ‘OK’ and you will see Live Bookmarks with the rest of your bookmarks. Many people find it especially convenient to save Live Bookmarks in their Bookmarks Toolbar folder.

For more information on Live Bookmarks or Firefox itself, visit the Firefox HomePage.


Apple’s Safari browser has a built-in RSS reader. Click on the link at the right of the url text field to display available feeds. From there you may bookmark the feed for future viewing.

For more information on Safari, visit the Safari HomePage.