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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If you’re a mom-to-be, don’t forget to bring along dad when you have that baby ultrasound. A survey showed that seeing the first ultrasound images of their unborn babies helps fathers bond with their children. Researchers say viewing the ultrasound reassured the men and also prompted them to think deeply on their roles as fathers. Source Link 

 

You can get the creative juices flowing by putting one foot in front of the other. A study found that creative thinking improves while a person is walking and shortly thereafter.  Environment was not a factor because the improvement was seen whether people walked indoors or outdoors. Source Link 

 

It’s a losing battle against the legalise, but you may be surprised about what you agree to in the terms of service for many major websites. A study found that major social media sites often can reuse or resell your pictures, videos and writings without your permission.The typical terms of service agreement has thousands of words written for college-level comprehension. Source Link 

 

The number-one viewing screen for Americans isn’t one that hangs on a wall. A survey found that we’re now spending more time per day looking at our smartphones than watching TV. And about 40-percent of people are using both screens at the same time, usually checking something on the smartphone that’s not related to what we’re watching on television. Source Link 

 

A hearty laugh may be as good as meditation for mellowing the mind. Researchers found that laughing creates the same kind of brain waves that occur during meditation. They say laughter engages the whole brain and offers a good mental workout to help you think more clearly. Source Link 

 

There’s new scientific proof that your pets can actually experience love. Testing found that dogs had a big spike in the brain chemical oxytocin after playing with another animal. Oxytocin is the neurochemical that’s released when humans interact with those they love, such as their children or their partner or their pets. Source Link

 

First, it was the “Polar Vortex” of winter. Now, get ready for the “Pollen Vortex” of spring. Allergy experts say the cold winter kept trees dormant for longer than usual, which means tree pollen season will overlap with grass pollen and mold seasons.  And for those with multiple allergies, that will mean extra misery this year. Source Link 

 

So what will the new, bigger iPhone look like? Pictures that were part of plans sent to accessory makers show the model with a 4.7-inch screen is taller and a bit narrower than the iPhone 5S, and also slightly thinner. No sign yet of exact dimensions for the new 5.5 inch iPhone, which may not go on sale at the same time as the standard model. Source Link 

 

People who are on cholesterol medication may think it’s a prescription for bigger meals. A study found that those who are taking statin drugs today are eating more calories with more fat than a decade ago. Experts say those eating habits can undermine the effectiveness of statins, which have been prescribed to one-in-six American adults. Source Link

 

When it comes to your smartphone, are you a “mobile addict?” That’s a person who uses apps on their phone at least 60 times a day. A report says one out of five smartphone users qualify as mobile addicts. But for people ages 38 to 54 it’s more than one-in-four, although some of that could be sharing a smartphone with other family members. Source Link 

 

They’re already on food labels and coming soon to restaurant menus, but where else should you see calorie counts for food that you purchase? A battle is brewing over requiring places like pizza shops, convenience stores and deli counters to include calorie counts on prepared food. They say it would be too difficult to calculate calories for their variety of offerings. Source Link  

 

It doesn’t take two natural parents to make for a happy child. That’s the conclusion in a study which found that children who lived with a stepparent or a single parent were just as happy as kids in homes with two biological parents. Experts say it's the quality of the relationships in the home that matters and not the family composition. Source Link

 

Could that second cup of coffee help you beat the odds of getting type-2 diabetes? A study found that people who boosted their daily java intake by more than one cup over four years reduced their diabetes risk. It’s believed that the combination of antioxidants and other nutrients in coffee are responsible for a lower risk of developing diabetes. Source Link 

 

Getting your parents or grandparents online may help them combat loneliness and depression. Surveys found that fewer retirees who used the Internet for communication suffered from depression as compared to non-Internet users. Experts say the Internet helps older adults stay in contact and feel like they’re part of a larger community. Source Link 

 

Here’s a tip for the guys -- if you’re trying to sound sexy by lowering your voice, don’t bother. A study found that women who speak in a lower pitch and a hoarse voice can sound more attractive, but that isn’t true for men. Researchers say trying your best Barry White impression may actually do more harm than good in the eyes and ears of your mate. Source Link

 

When spring cleaning is on your to-do list, be sure to make it safe for everyone. Experts say you should keep your cleaning products in the original bottles or containers and away from small children. Don’t sniff a container to see what’s inside, and never mix products together, because doing so could create a dangerous gas. Source Link

 

The government is planning to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. But the FDA proposal would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say are attracting children to e-cigarettes. The measure could take several years to become fully effective. Source Link 

 

There’s a new gadget to help you keep an eye on Fido’s fitness. The Whistle tracker for dogs is worn on the collar and records how much exercise or sleep your four-legged friend is getting. The tracker syncs with a smartphone app that can encourage you to get your pet up and moving more. Source Link