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 evidence that marriage is good for your heart. A study of over 3 million men and women found that those who were married were less likely to suffer from a heart problem. Experts say it may be that if someone is married, they have a spouse who encourages them to take better care of themselves. Source Link

 

If you’re still among the millions of people using Windows XP on your computer, Microsoft wants to pay you to switch. The company is offering a $100 credit when you upgrade to a Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer. Microsoft will end support of Windows XP next week and users could be vulnerable to security attacks without regular updates. Source Link


Americans have a message for lawmakers -- keep your hands off my supersized soda. A new survey found that three out of four people don’t want a soda tax or restrictions on portion sizes for sugar-sweetened soft drinks. There was more support for efforts to encourage better eating at school lunchrooms. Source Link

April and allergies go hand in hand, but what if you could filter out those tiny troublemakers that make this the sneezin’ season? Testing is underway for a new device about the size of a contact lens that’s worn in both nostrils and works like a furnace filter to remove pollen and other allergens. The inventor says the device can reduce sneezing by up to 45-percent. Source Link

 

Mammograms for women aged 70 and older may cause more harm than good, according to a new study. Researchers found that mammograms don't cut the number of advanced breast cancer cases. But the screenings can lead to overtreatment of many older women and put them at risk from the harmful side effects of breast cancer treatment. Source Link


The TV is taking a back seat to smaller screens when it comes to the viewing habits of America’s young adults. A survey found that teens and twentysomethings do most of their watching on smartphones, tablets, or laptops. It’s the first time these devices have eclipsed TV for viewing in any segment of the population. Source Link

There’s proof that a visit to the doctor can send your blood pressure soaring. A study found that a patient’s blood pressure readings were notably higher when they're taken by a doctor. But the nervousness and higher readings known as “white coat syndrome” was not seen when a nurse was doing the blood pressure check. Source Link

 

If you’re looking to save some calories at breakfast, eat a cereal with a big flake. A study found that people poured more of smaller-sized cereals when using the same size of bowl. Experts say it’s difficult to estimate correct portions with breakfast cereals because flake sizes vary so much between products. Source Link


Want the security of GPS tracking, plus calling and texting to your younger child without giving them a cell phone? The Filip is designed for pre-tweens and worn like a watch.  It can be programmed to dial up to five phone numbers and can receive short text messages. The $200 device requires a $10 a month service plan.  Source Link

Coming soon to a supermarket near you, it’s replicated meat. The product made from plant proteins can replace ground beef or chicken strips and has zero saturated fat and zero cholesterol. The taste and feel is said to be just like the real thing, without the less-than-appetizing texture of tofu meat substitutes. Source Link 

 

When can breastfeeding become too much of a good thing? A study found that children who were breastfed for more than 24 months had more cavities. Experts say breastfeeding may contribute to tooth decay that can happen when a baby’s new teeth are exposed to foods without regular brushing or cleaning. Source Link  


If you like to add parking fees or ban auctions when you play Monopoly, this is for you. The game maker is asking fans to post their favorite house rules to its Facebook page. Voting by Monopoly fans will select one house rule that will be officially added to the classic board game. Source Link

If you work in an open office setting, you may be hearing more coughs and sneezes. A study found that those who worked in offices with open floor plans had more sick days. Experts say germs can spread more easily in such settings, and offices that tout a group dynamic may also encourage employees to come to work even when they’re sick.  Source Link

 

Here’s how to put some style into nerd goggles. The company behind eyewear brands like Oakley and Ray-Ban will design fashion frames for Google Glass. The wearable computer glasses are still in limited supply, but Google is expected to ramp up distribution soon with a starting price tag of $1,500. Source Link


A happy hubby seems to be the key to a long, successful marriage. A study found that long-term unions tend to stay happy if the husband has an agreeable personality and is in good health. Researchers say an agreeable wife was less of a factor in predicting marital harmony. Source Link

Could the way you feed your baby set the stage for having an obese child? A study of infants found that many parents put their baby to sleep with a bottle, or always try to get their baby to finish the milk, or offer milk every time the baby cries. All are feeding habits that experts say can boost the risk of obesity later in life. Source Link 

 

Buying that fast food meal could be cash-free and card-free as America’s biggest restaurant chains roll out mobile payment options. Wendy’s and Burger King are ready to give patrons the option to pay for their meals using a smartphone. Number-one McDonald’s says it’s studying a mobile payment plan, but isn’t ready to offer it yet. Source Link


A bottle of beer before bed could be a cure for insomnia, but not any brew with a kick in it. A study found that the hops in non-alcoholic beer work with the body’s sleep hormone to help you doze off faster. Regular beer has the same hops, but the alcohol will interfere with natural sleep patterns. Source Link