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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There’s a crafty way to stay sharp in your golden years. A study found that people who do creative activities like arts and crafts could delay the development of memory problems in old age. Hobbies like drawing, painting, woodworking and sewing were helpful, and computer use also kept older minds sharp. Source Link

If you write a rent check every month, expect to see it go up again this year. Average rents are rising annually at twice the rate of home values. The market is hot because young people who’ve been living with their parents are finding jobs and moving out, while climbing home prices have many long-time renters to stay put. Source Link

A new feature of Amazon’s streaming video player can save you the trouble of reaching for your smartphone to find the name of that actor in the TV show or movie you’re watching. The feature called X-Ray that‘s available on Amazon Fire TV devices integrates the IMDB database to show the names of actors and songs used in the program. Source Link

New research debunks the old belief that reading in poor light or sitting too close to the TV can ruin a child’s eyesight. Experts say there is a way to determine if a child will need glasses by middle school. Kids who were farsighted in first grade were more likely to become nearsighted by age 13. Source Link

If you’re dealing with a bad case of the blues, you may want to avoid Facebook. A study found that symptoms of depression were increased when people scrolled through their news feed. That’s because much of what’s posted on Facebook is other people’s good news, and that can aggravate those feelings of inadequacy. Source Link

When resuming your exercise routine for warmer weather, the experts say don’t wait until the weekend to do it. Many people try to get back to running or other recreational sports too fast and risk injury. Try to exercise twice a week to help strengthen the muscles you use in your favorite sport. Source Link

It’s D-Day for filing your federal income taxes. April 15th is  the deadline for completing tax returns and about one-in-four tax filers waits until the last week to submit their 1040. Last-minute filers will find some Post Office locations accepting tax returns into the evening, but e-filers can make the all-important deadline without leaving home. Source Link

Does a brutal winter mean a bad allergy season to come?  One one hand, experts say the more snow we get in winter, the more pollen the trees will likely make come spring. But pollen counts often depend on the amount of rain that falls, so those April showers could bring May flowers along with fewer sneezes and less-watery eyes. Source Link

The Force can now be with you on your favorite digital device. For the first time, the original six-film Star Wars saga is available as a download from iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. The streaming set debuts ahead of the December release of the seventh movie in the Star Wars series. Source Link

It’s the original household cleaner, but could bleach be making kids sick? A study found more cases of flu and recurrent tonsillitis in homes where bleach was used once a week. Researchers think airborne particles from bleach may irritate children’s lungs and trigger inflammation that makes it easier for colds to take hold. Source Link

If you’ve ever quit a job to get away from a bad boss, you’re not alone. Half of people surveyed say they’ve changed employment because of a bad manager. Half of workers also say they’re completely comfortable approaching their manager with any type of question, but only 12-percent say they get the right amount of guidance from the boss. Source Link

Stopping food from spoiling in now as easy as swiping your smartphone screen. The USDA has unveiled a new FoodKeeper app with storage advice for more than 400 food and beverage items. A calendar function lets you enter when you purchased an item and will send you an alert before things start to go bad. Source Link

You might as well skip the scalpel and go with the exercises to treat a common form of chronic lower back pain. A study found that physical therapy was just as effective as surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. Up to 20-percent of people who get the surgery suffer adverse side effects, and some are life-threatening. Source Link

The free versions of your smartphone apps might be costing you more than the paid ones. Researchers compared the free and paid versions of some of the most popular apps and found the free ones used up to 79-percent more network data. That could be costly for users who are trying to stay under a data cap to avoid overage charges. Source Link

Most Americans think they have a handle on their finances, but some numbers tell a different story. A survey found that nine out of ten were confident they made the right choice for a credit card, auto loan or mortgage. But 70-percent still worry about finances and 60-percent admit they don’t have a household budget. Source Link

If you’ve got a minute, you could recharge your phone with a new battery that promises full power in just 60 seconds. The aluminum-ion battery is also safer than the lithium-ion that powers today’s smartphone and could be recharged 7,000 times. Scientists now need to perfect the technology to make it work outside the lab. Source Link

Doctors say it’s time to skip the spoon when it comes to kid’s medicines. The American Pediatrics Association is recommending liquid medication for children be administered in metric milliliters. More than 70,000 children end up in emergency rooms each year because of accidental overdoses using teaspoon measurements. Source Link

Would you like to make your online ordering as easy as pushing a button? Amazon thinks so and is offering a new service that lets you order household products with a press of a WiFi-connected button that can be placed in the laundry room or kitchen. The first product available for order with the Dash button is laundry detergent. Source Link