BVNN Stories

With the BusinessVoice News Network (BVNN), your callers on hold will hear news and lifestyle stories mixed in with your existing On Hold Marketing. We upload three new BVNN stories each weekday. And with the no-touch system we provide, your staff doesn't have to do a thing.

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You might be surprised at all the things that can dull your bright smile. Staining can be caused by coffee, red wine or tea or tobacco. But using an antihistamine, high-blood pressure medication, some chemotherapy drugs or anti-psychotic medications can also cause stained teeth. Source Link 

Taking some simple precautions can help you avoid home accidents. Use a can opener instead of a knife to cut through clamshell plastic packaging and keep kitchen knives sharp because a dull knife is more likely to slip. Dial down your water heater to 120 degrees to avoid scalding accidents and wear long pants and close-toed shoes when mowing the lawn. Source Link 

It takes a good eye to pick the freshest seafood. Look for a whole fish with eyes that are bright and clear and not dull gray. For a fillet, the skin should be shiny, metallic and clean. Fresh fish should smell like clean water or slightly briny but never “fishy” because cooking can’t improve a fish past its prime. Source Link 

If there’s a DIY painting project on your to-do list, remember these tips to get the job done right. Start with a pint of paint to see if you like the color on your walls and then buy the best paint to get quality coverage that will last longer. And have the primer tinted to match your color and you’ll need only one coat of paint. Source Link 

Achieving personal goals may be easier if you approach the challenge in a new way. Consistently working toward a goal in a specific way every day helps your brain turn it into a habit. And setting and achieving small goals triggers your brain to release “feel good” chemicals that will encourage you to stay the course. Source Link 

Should you turn off the tunes when you’re trying to create? Testing showed that listening to music significantly impaired verbal creativity. The sound of a library was no problem but songs with words and instrumental music were bad and the worst was listening to a song with familiar lyrics. Researchers say music can interfere with the brain’s verbal memory. Source Link 

What’s an eating plan that’s good for your heart? Spread out your meals and get more of your calories earlier in the day. There isn’t proof that eating breakfast is an absolute must but you should always hydrate yourself first thing in the morning. Coffee counts but the better choice is a glass of water. Source Link 

Dealing with a child’s tantrum involves reaction and prevention. Move to a quiet place because the situation can escalate in public view. Comfort them and find out if they’re hungry or tired. You can also teach your child the kind of mindful breathing that adults use to refocus and try to avoid situations that cause stress and can lead to a tantrum. Source Link 

The physical strain that comes from too much screen time might be cured in the blink of an eye. Typically, a person blinks about 30 times per minute but that can drop to just a few times per minute when focusing on a screen. One solution might be the “20-20-20” rule -- every 20 minutes, look away from the screen for 20 seconds at something that’s 20 feet away. Source Link 

You want unique and strong passwords for online accounts, but how can you remember all of them? Your web browser will help by storing those passwords and inserting them automatically when you visit a site. Browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome let you access those passwords on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Source Link 

The sports physical is a summer ritual for parents of young athletes and where it’s done is important. Experts say the best choice is a primary care physician who knows your child’s history and can start discussions about health, diet and physical activity. A sports physical can also uncover any family history of illness like a heart condition that could affect the child. Source Link 

Should being right or left-handed determine how you’re treated for mental conditions? New research shows that long-held assumptions about how the brain works may be flipped in left-handed people. The conventional wisdom is that the left side of the brain controls happiness, pride and anger while the right side manages emotions like disgust and fear. Source Link 

If you think that watching TV will help your young child wind down before bedtime, think again. Researchers found that pre-schoolers who watched more TV got less sleep, especially if that TV was in a bedroom and leaving a TV on at bedtime did not help children fall asleep faster. One in three families said their young child had a TV in the bedroom. Source Link 

If summertime means lots of fun in the sun make time for a special doctor visit too. Weekend warriors or people doing outside activities should be going to a board-certified dermatologist to get your skin checked once a year for signs of skin cancer. Just one sunburn during your lifetime doubles your risk for melanoma. Source Link 

When it comes to expiration dates, safety regulators want the food industry to speak with one voice. The FDA is urging all companies to use the phrase “best if used by” on food labels. Research has shown that this helps consumers understand that the date label is about quality, not safety and that products don’t have to be thrown out if stored properly. Source Link 

It’s been said that anger can eat you up from the inside and there’s evidence that it could also shorten your life. Researchers found that anger, far more than sadness, was linked to negative health effects in older people by contributing to inflammation and chronic disease. Getting angry won’t fix the most serious problems and may only bring more stress. Source Link 

That free phone charging station at the airport could be convenient and a danger to your privacy. That’s because cybercriminals can modify those USB connections to install malware on your phone or download data without your knowledge. If you need extra power, pack an external backup battery and charge that in the airport. Source Link 

What fruits give you the biggest nutritional bang per bite? The top 5 nutrient-dense fruits are lemons, strawberries, oranges, limes and pink and red grapefruit. These give you plenty of vitamins B, C and K along with fiber, all of which are associated with a reduction in the risk of chronic diseases. Source Link