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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Living with Man’s Best Friend may be nothing to sneeze at for youngsters. Researchers say infants who live in homes with a dog are less likely to develop asthma and allergies. They believe that exposure to pet dander changes the microbes that live in an infant's gut to reduce immune system response to common allergens.Source Link


The cure for stagefright might be getting more excited rather than trying to calm down. Researchers say test subjects performed better by telling themselves they were excited rather than trying to talk themselves into calming down before a speech. The difference is that being excited focuses on the positive instead of worrying about what could go wrong.Source Link  

 
Young people seem to have better memories because they’re remembering in HD. Testing found that young and older people had about the same ability to store memories, but people in their early 20’s recall images in higher definition, meaning they can remember details better.Source Link

 

Playing a musical instrument can build a child’s brain for the better. Researchers say musical training improves the ability to process information from several senses at once and improves connections between parts of the brain associated with creativity. The findings could help with development of therapies for people with brain injuries.Source Link 

 

It’s not just how much you sleep that can affect your weight -- a study found that having a regular bedtime is also important. Researchers say consistency in sleeping times can influence body fat. Those who went to bed and woke around the same time each day and slept about eight hours had the lowest body fat.  Source Link

 

Listen up -- a long-term study has found that carrying lots of extra weight may be hard on your hearing. People with a higher body-mass index or larger waist size faced a higher risk for hearing problems compared to those of normal weight. The ear is dependent on an adequate blood supply and obesity can compromise blood flow by narrowing blood vessels.Source Link

 

Make sure your mobile manners are at their best when you’re in a business meeting. A new survey of business professionals found that the use of a smartphone in a meeting can be bad news for career advancement. Even during an informal business lunch, one in five thought it was rude to have a mobile device out.Source Link

 
Letting your thumbs do the talking may not be the best way to stay in touch with the one you love. A study found that too much texting can create disconnects in committed relationships. For men, more texting isn’t better and women don’t want text messages to work out differences or make decisions, but both like texts that express affection.Source Link  

 
A happy marriage may depend on the wife being able to calm down after a heated argument. A new study looked at how couples recovered after a disagreement and found that a woman’s ability to manage emotions was a key to long-term happiness. On the other hand, a man who moves too quickly to problem-solving can be an issue for a wife.Source Link

 

It sounds like familiarity breeds better listening, or maybe none at all. A study involving middle-aged couples found that we’re better able to pick out the voice of our spouse in a crowd. On the other hand, people can more easily tune out that familiar voice when trying to hearing someone else talking.Source Link 

 

Good dental hygiene may be a hedge against Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers say the bacteria that causes gum disease has been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. The oral bacteria which could damage brain tissue can enter the bloodstream during chewing. About two out of three older Americans have moderate or severe gum disease.Source Link

 

In order to grow their language skills, toddlers need to be part of the conversation. A new study found that talking directly to young children helps them process language better and build their vocabulary. Simply overhearing words doesn’t improve speech processing skills as well as when talking directly with the child.Source Link

 

There are new concerns about cancer risks associated with some e-cigarettes. Researchers say some larger models of e-cigarettes get so hot that they can produce carcinogens such as formaldehyde. The FDA is considering new rules to regulate e-cigarettes, which are being touted as a cancer-free alternative to smoking tobacco. Source Link

 

Having our babies on-board doesn't prevent us from chatting-up our friends. A study found that parents driving with their children in the car are just as likely to use cellphones as other drivers. Two-thirds of the parents said they had used cellphones while driving with their child, and 15 percent said they had texted while driving with their child. Source Link

 

Does the price of your meal make the food taste better? A study found that people who ate the same item but paid a different price said it tasted better when it was more expensive. But researchers said the higher or lower pricing did not make a difference in how much people ate. Source Link

For two decades, health experts have been advising parents to put babies to sleep on their backs to avoid sudden infant death syndrome. But a new survey found that one-third of parents still aren’t getting the message. SIDS is the number-one cause of death for babies under the age of one. Source Link

 

Millions of Americans could soon have a new tool to combat their sleep apnea. Regulators have approved the first implant designed to treat the condition in which breathing stops during sleep. The device is implanted like a heart pacemaker and stimulates a nerve to keep breathing at a regular pace. Source Link

 

America’s pediatricians have a message for parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers -- turn off the TV. A survey found that many young children are watching too much television every day. Children between the ages of two and five should only be watching TV for two hours a day, and TV viewing is not recommended for children under the age of two. Source Link