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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Is the “five-second rule” safe to live by? It depends on where the food lands. Researchers found that a cookie or sticky food dropped on carpeting was unlikely to pick up much bacteria in just five seconds. But dropping the same food on a hard floor or outdoors had a higher risk of bacterial transfer. Source Link

A happy hubby seems to be the key to a long, successful marriage. A study found that long-term unions tend to stay happy if the husband has an agreeable personality and is in good health. Researchers say an agreeable wife was less of a factor in predicting marital harmony. Source Link

A bottle of beer before bed could be a cure for insomnia, but not any brew with a kick in it. A study found that the hops in non-alcoholic beer work with the body’s sleep hormone to help you doze off faster. Regular beer has the same hops, but the alcohol will interfere with natural sleep patterns. Source Link

Who’s fault is it that our teenagers are talking on the phone while driving? Often, we're to blame. A study found that up to half of teens talking on cellphones while driving were speaking with their mother or father. Experts say parents need to better role models to prevent distracted driving that is blamed for one-out-of-ten fatal crashes among teens. Source Link

Pregnant women may want to think twice about what they use to wash their hands. New research suggests that exposure to the common antibacterial ingredient triclosan can affect the growth of a fetus. The FDA is is reviewing the safety of triclosan following animal studies that showed the chemical can affect the way hormones function. Source Link

How could a bug bite turn you into a vegetarian? Health experts say victims of a Lone Star tick bite have developed a temporary allergy to eating red meat. The tick was first identified in Texas, but has made its way across the United States and to countries as far away as Japan, Germany and Australia. Source Link

This weekend may be one of the best times of the year to buy a car. A look at five years of industry sales data found that prices are lowest in the month of August, with Saturdays and Sundays the best days of the week to buy. The first few days of the month usually bring the best bargains on car prices. Source Link

Eating out usually means eating more. A study showed that people consume an average of about 200 calories more a day than when they cook at home. Those extra calories at the restaurant typically come from more energy-dense foods, larger portions, and more empty calories such as sugar-sweetened beverages. Source Link

What’s the go-to gift for grandma? How about a tablet? A new report says one-in-four Americans over 55 owns a tablet computer. Experts say the tablet computer poses much less of a challenge to operate than a laptop or desktop, and has just as much power and versatility with apps. Source Link

If you’re looking for a straight answer from someone, ask them in the morning. A study found that people were more likely to lie or cheat in the afternoon. Experts say our moral compass is more accurate in the morning because the brain is rested after a night’s sleep. Source Link

Don’t waste your money on programs that offer to teach your baby to read. That’s the conclusion from a study that tested the claims of reading programs aimed at children under two years old. Experts say the testing showed that babies cannot gain any reading skills from DVDs, flash cards, or word books. Source Link

Baby Boomers take note -- just one drink may be one too many when you get behind the wheel. A simulator study found that even small legal levels of intoxication can affect the driving skills of people 55 to 70 years old. Researchers say the findings show that it could be time to reassess legal blood alcohol levels for all drivers. Source Link

When it comes to kids playing video games, a little bit of fun might make for a better child. Researchers found that kids who played video games for about an  hour a day were more likely to be happy, helpful and emotionally stable than kids who never grab a controller. Kids with over three hours of video gaming per day were moody and acted out more often. Source Link

Walking that mixes a fast pace with a leisurely stroll might be a better exercise for people with type 2 diabetes. A study showed improved blood sugar control among people who mixed power walking with slower walking. High-intensity exercise is best, but that can be hard to stick with and also increases the risk of injury. Source Link

So where can you find the fastest free public WiFi? A new report says Starbucks offers the fastest average download speeds among the most popular public providers. If you want fast food with your fast WiFi, McDonald’s also ranked high. Hilton was the fastest public WiFi provider among hotel chains. Source Link

It’s role reversal behind the wheel, as kids are calling parents on their bad driving habits. A survey found that 60-percent of teens have asked a parent to stop driving dangerously. Eight out of ten parents admit to speeding or talking on a cell phone, 40-percent text while driving, and 20-percent don’t wear a seat belt. Source Link

The debate over the standard test for prostate cancer continues. A study of 162,000 men who had a PSA test found that it does reduce prostate cancer deaths, but 40-percent of cancers detected by screening were over-treated with side-effects such as incontinence and impotence. Researchers say they don’t recommend routine use of PSA test. Source Link

Making a snap judgement is something our brains are hard-wired to do. Scientists found that people could say whether a person looked trustworthy after their face was flashed on-screen for a tiny fraction of a second. Even though the time was too short for conscious processing, a part of the brain can still evaluate an image without us seeing it. Source Link