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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The recipe for better health after a heart attack may include more fiber. A study found that people who survived a first heart attack lived longer if their diet included more fiber from grains and cereals. Researchers say cereal fiber, especially from breakfast foods like oatmeal, had the biggest effect on survival rates. Source Link 


The days of fretting over a cellphone that’s been dropped in water may be soon be a thing of the past. A British company is marketing a new technology called Dunkable that coats a phone’s inner components with a super-thin waterproof seal. The first phones using the Dunkable technology will go on sale later this year. Source Link 


Taking a daily aspirin isn’t a heart-healthy prescription for everyone. The FDA says studies show no benefit in taking a low-dose aspirin for people who have never had a heart attack or stroke. In fact, a daily aspirin can put healthy people at risk for side effects such as dangerous bleeding in the brain or stomach. Source Link


The nation’s biggest cellphone providers are now supporting a service to allow you to use text messaging to reach a 9-1-1 operator. The availability of texting to 9-1-1 depends on the local safety agency and many have not upgraded yet. Text messaging to 9-1-1 can be useful in an emergency when a caller is unable to speak to an operator. Source Link 


Experts are warning that baby gates are not foolproof safety devices for infants and toddlers. Parents should avoid pressure-mounted gates on stairs and use a model that’s bolted to the wall. Thousands of youngsters are injured every year from falling through or climbing on safety gates. Source Link 


America’s kids are relying too much on a ride from Mom or Dad instead of stepping up to better health. That’s the conclusion in a report on fitness that says today’s young people don’t walk or bike to the places they go. Only one in four children are getting the recommended 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day. 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


Could a weekly “movie night” for couples help to cut the divorce rate?  A study found that spouses who watched films about relationships and then discussed the issues together had just half the divorces. Experts say the “movie and talk” approach may be a good alternative for those who don’t want to go to counseling.Source Link


If you’re aiming to lose weight, keep an eye on your eating Monday thru Friday, and don’t worry so much about the weekend. A new study says people who successfully lose weight and keep it off are those who maintain healthy eating habits during the week. Researchers say almost everyone weighs the most on Sunday evening and the least on Friday morning.Source Link


Dogs may be hard-wired to hear if you’re happy or sad. New research found that a dog’s brain can tune into the tone of a human voice and emotional sounds, like breaking glass. It’s similar to how humans process sound, and the combination may explain why dogs can distinguish a happy voice from a sad one. Source Link


It’s no guarantee of happiness, but wedding insurance is becoming a popular way to take the financial risk out of expensive plans to say “I do.” The protection can cover the cost of everything from no-show limousines to meeting halls that shut their doors. There are even policies to protect against loss from a wedding cancelled by runaway bride or groom.Source Link

Cutting down the drama in the office could be as easy as dimming the lights. A study found that bright light intensifies emotional responses, and dimming the lights had a calming effect on people. Researchers say that while bright light on a sunny day can make some people feel better, it can also make people who are already depressed feel worse.Source Link 

It sounds like a recipe for anarchy at the dinner table, but experts say it’s healthier to let kids serve up their own portions of food. A new study says young children will learn to recognize when they're full if they serve themselves instead of being given a plate with food already on it. Family-style meals give kids a chance to learn about portion size and food preferences.Source Link 


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