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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It’s the home stretch in the race to enroll more Americans for affordable health care. March 31st is the last day to sign up for health insurance coverage and avoid a tax penalty for 2014. About 4 million have signed up so far, but a recent survey found that only 24-percent of the uninsured were aware of the March 31st deadline. Source Link 

 

If you’re lactose intolerant, don’t think that you can go “raw” to drink milk. That’s the message from a study which showed that raw milk causes the same problems as pasteurized milk for lactose-intolerant people. Raw milk can contain dangerous bacteria and drinking raw milk can be fatal. Source Link 

 

If you’ve ever asked your child for help figuring out a new electronic gadget, you’ll appreciate this. A study found that pre-schoolers were better than college students when faced with making a new device work. Researchers say very young children weren’t bound by strict concepts of cause and effect and freely experimented to make the test device work. Source Link

Researchers say they’ve created a blood test that can tell if someone will develop Alzheimer’s disease. The test measures fats in the bloodstream because low levels of certain fats can predict the onset of symptoms. Its developers claim the test is 90-percent accurate in determining if dementia will begin within the next few years. Source Link

 

The Millennial generation is politically independent and less devout, with fewer spouses and many single parents. Those are some the findings in a national survey of Americans aged 18 to 33. Millennials are the first generation in the modern era to be worse off economically than their parents, but they are the most optimistic about the future among Americans today. Source Link

 

Moms-to-be can now use a smartphone to listen-in on that growing bundle of joy. The Bellabeat Tracking System for iPhone and Android includes a special accessory that’s placed on the stomach to hear the baby’s heartbeat. The app also keeps track of milestones in your pregnancy and even lets you log each baby kick. 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

 

Millions of people who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease could take a big step toward improving their lives with a daily walk.  A study found that COPD sufferers had fewer hospitalizations when they walked at least two miles each day. The breathing disorder is the third-leading cause of death and kills over 130,000 Americans every year. Source Link

 

Not sleeping well these days? Maybe you can blame your gadgets. A company that sells personal fitness trackers says a study of sleep habits among its users found that those who have a laptop or smartphone in the bedroom averaged about 37 minutes less sleep per night. It’s not just adults either, because three out of four children have electronics in the bedroom. Source Link

You might be blaming this winter’s cold and other weather woes for higher food prices this year. Experts say beef and pork prices will continue to climb, drought in California will make lettuce, tomatoes, nuts and grapes more expensive, and bread prices may rise because of a lower supply of winter wheat. Source Link

 

What does your hand have to do with the health of your knees? A long-term study found that people with a ring finger nearly the same length as the index finger were more likely to have knee replacement surgery. Previous studies have shown that finger size can relate to athletic ability and could identify people whose exercise habits are hard on the knees. 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

Heart disease and cancer are the nation’s top killers, but you might be surprised at what holds the number-three spot. Health experts say Alzheimer’s disease is now the the third-most deadly killer and responsible for as many as a half-million deaths per year. The disorder is fatal when it impairs parts of the brain that control basic functions like breathing and swallowing. Source Link

It isn’t criminals who are fueling drug addiction for millions of Americans. A report says most people who abuse prescription painkillers get them free from friends and relatives. Twice as many people die from prescription drug overdoses as those who die from a heroin overdose. Source Link

A  fashion doll with real-life body dimensions will be ready to go to market soon. A crowd-sourced Internet campaign has raised more than twice the money needed to launch the Lammilly doll. Its creator used national average measurements for a 19-year old woman in the design of the doll, which will go on sale later this year. Source Link

It looks like the wait won’t be so long for the next iteration of the iPhone. Industry watchers now expect the iPhone 6 to be unveiled this summer, and some retailers are already dropping the price of the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 will be offered in two screen sizes to compete with larger smartphone rivals. Source Link

 

Should Boomers be in line for a vaccination to prevent a painful illness that’s linked to chicken pox? Health experts say everyone in their 50s or older should consider having a shingles vaccination. Most people who get shingles are older than 50 because the virus can remain dormant in the body for years before being activated again. Source Link


Would you love the thought of waking up to the smell of bacon frying? Now there’s an app for that. Oscar Meyer has created an iPhone app that works with a special attachment to spray the fragrance of bacon when your alarm goes off. If bacon isn’t your thing, there’s another smartphone gadget that sprays the smell of butter as part of a mobile game about popcorn. Source Link