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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Taming heartburn with an over-the-counter medicine should be part of a morning routine. New studies show that many people with heartburn aren't taking their acid-reducing medicine in the morning, and that makes the drugs less effective. Medicines like Nexium, Prevacid and Prilosec need to be taken with food and breakfast is the best time. Source Link 

 

Toddlers and TV are not a good mix, even if the child isn’t watching.  A study found that having the television on in the background while you play with your toddler could hinder the child's language development. That’s because parents were paying attention to the TV and doing less talking, which can help children develop language skills. Source Link 

 

Are you ready for the government to regulate how you use Google Maps behind the wheel? Officials want a new federal transportation law to include regulation of built-in automobile navigation aids and apps on smartphones. Such devices can lead to distracted driving, but software makers say proposed regulations would be impractical and impossible to enforce. Source Link

 

Can fasting help you build a better body? New research shows that not eating for several days can rid the body of old damaged cells and stimulate it to generate new stem cells. That could be a bonus for those with a compromised immune system, such as people who are undergoing chemotherapy. Source Link

 

It may take a wedding ring for a man to live a healthier life with a woman. That’s the conclusion of a study which found that men who live with a woman but are not married weren’t as likely to see a doctor regularly and have preventative testing. Researchers think the commitment of marriage encourages wives to push their husbands to take better care of themselves. Source Link

 

Having your home security system live in the cloud could open your doors to an invasion of privacy. Security camera footage from smart home systems can be subject to search warrants or subpoenas for criminal or civil cases. Providers say they notify customers about requests unless a search warrant is sealed by the court. Source Link

 

Facebook wants you to fine-tune the ads that you see in your News Feed. A new option will let you review and change your likes and interests that are used to pick ads for you. You’ll also be able to opt-out of features that let Facebook track your other web activity in order to find topics for the ads that you see. Source Link

 

Can your home to be too clean for your baby’s health? A study showed that infants were much less likely to suffer from allergies when exposed to household bacteria and allergens from pets and insects during their first year. Researchers think children in overly clean houses don’t develop natural defenses to allergens and suffer more because of it. Source Link

 

If your car is barely a 21st Century model, you’re not alone. A report says the average car on the road today is about 11 years old, and one out of five cars is more than 15 years old. Cars less than five years old make up about one-quarter of all vehicles, and experts say that will rise as more buyers are returning to the new car market.Source Link

 

How you handle credit could make a big difference in what you pay for car insurance. A study of rates for the top five insurance companies found that a driver could pay up to 65-percent more for coverage if they had a poor credit score or no credit history. Allstate relied the most on credit history, followed by Farmers, Geico, Progressive and State Farm. Source Link

 

The FDA’s new advice for pregnant women, new moms and young children is to eat more fish, but choose the right kind. New recommendations suggest 2 or 3 servings of seafood per week from species that are lower in mercury. That includes salmon, shrimp, pollock, light canned tuna, tilapia, catfish, and cod. Source Link

 

Here’s a tip for servers hoping for more cash -- look for a table with more gray hair. A survey found that older restaurant customers said they were consistently more generous, but younger patrons were more likely to leave an unexpected big tip. Men were better tippers than women, and only 1-percent of people said they leave no tips. Source Link

 

Could how a man carries his cell phone determine whether he ever gets to celebrate Father’s Day? Research showed that men who keep their phone in a front pants pocket were more likely to have problems that could lead to male infertility. Research has suggested that electromagnetic radiation emitted by cellphones can harm male fertility. Source Link

 

“Mister Mom” isn’t a rare sighting as millions of men are staying home these days. A new report says the number of stay-at-home dads has nearly doubled in 25 years. Among dads at home today, four times as many say they are staying home to be the primary caregiver for their children. Source Link

 

Dads can play a vital role in giving voice to their children.  A study found that a father’s education and use of vocabulary when reading picture books to his infant child were related to advanced language skills by age three. This was true regardless of the mother’s education or how she spoke to the children. Source Link

 

Here’s some advice for parents who want their kids to eat more healthy foods -- skip the hard-sell and just serve it up. A study found that children ate more of a food when they were not encouraged to try it. Experts say parents simply need to choose the foods to serve and then let kids decide. Source Link

 

Getting the message to kick the habit may be easier when it comes by text. Research showed that smokers trying to quit were twice as likely to succeed when they got text messages providing tips, reminders and advice. More than 75,000 people have enrolled in programs that send up to five text messages a day. Source Link

 

It could be a new blanket of protection from natural or man-made dangers. An Oklahoma company has unveiled the Bodyguard Blanket made from a high-density plastic that’s used in body armor. The developers say the blanket could protect a child from flying debris in a tornado and is strong enough to stop a bullet. Source Link