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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Can a simple mind trick make exercise more effective? Researchers say people who thought of exercise as fun were less likely to overeat following a workout. Playing music, watching a video, or doing anything that brings a smile is likely to get you to eat less after your exercise session. Source Link 

 

Facebook is teaming up with the nation’s TV ratings service to track what shows you’re watching online. This fall, Nielsen will begin using data that Facebook gathers from its users to measure online viewing in its ratings. Facebook says the information will include demographics like age and gender, but not names. Source Link 

 

Older women may want to think twice about the pain reliever they reach for regularly. A study found an increased risk of heart attack and stroke among postmenopausal women who used naproxen products such as Aleve twice a week. The study did not show any increased risk from using ibuprofen pain relievers. Source Link

 

Pregnant women can do their babies a favor by exercising. A study found that babies born to women who exercised in late pregnancy had less body fat. Experts think that body fat composition at birth may set the stage for weight issues in childhood and beyond. Source Link

 

Going hungry before your cholesterol test may not provide a better result. A long-term study found no difference in outcomes if people did or didn’t fast before they had their blood tested. Experts say fasting is inconvenient and might mean a less-accurate reading because people aren’t eating as they normally would. Source Link 

 

Having a green thumb might help to ease the effects of dementia. A study conducted in care homes found that gardening can promote relaxation, encourage activity and reduce agitation. Gardens could also offer a place for interactions with visitors, helping to stimulate memories for dementia patients. Source Link

What will the family photo albums of tomorrow look like, and will we be able to keep track of all those pictures we’re taking with our smartphones and tablets? A survey of parents found that half of them haven’t done anything to organize and preserve their photos for the future. It’s estimated that Americans will take 880 billion photos this year. Source Link 

 

There’s more of the good stuff and less of the bad in organic foods. A review of multiple studies found that organically-grown fruits, vegetables and grains have substantially higher levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides. But researchers say the findings don’t prove that eating organic food leads to better health.  Source Link 

 

Could your iPad make you itchy? A medical report says the nickel used in making an iPad case can trigger an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the metal that’s also found in jewelry. Apple says an allergic reaction to an iPad is extremely rare. Nickel is also used in some laptop and smartphone cases. Source Link


What can make up for a day of sitting? How about an hour of exercise? Research shows that exercise has a more powerful effect in helping the heart than sitting does in harming it, so one hour of physical exercise could counteract the effects of sitting for six to seven hours a day. Too much sitting has been linked to obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure. Source Link


Delaying motherhood until your 30s might help your odds of becoming a grandmother or even a great grandma. That’s because women who are able to have children after the age of 33 have a greater chance of living longer. Experts say genetic variations that go into making a woman fertile longer may also increase her chances of having an unusually long life. Source Link


The world’s biggest Internet store appears to be serious about launching an airborne delivery service. Amazon has asked the FAA for permission to operate an experimental program with small drone aircraft that would carry packages. The testing would take place in the Seattle area near Amazon headquarters. Source Link

Could it be the kind of aromatherapy that really heals? A study showed that skin cells have the ability to breathe and exposure to the scent of sandalwood triggers changes in cell activity that could facilitate wound healing. Researchers think the discovery could have applications for cancer, because some cancer T-cells have these olfactory receptors. Source Link 

 

Older adults may not have to choose between saving another life and staying healthy. A study found that people over 55 can donate a kidney without increased risk for heart problems and premature death. Older donors and non-donors had similar rates of heart disease, diabetes and death. Source Link

 

Would you like to enjoy a quiet “tech free” meal at a restaurant today? The Applebee’s chain wants to trademark the phrase “No Tech Tuesdays” that’s been used to promote days when restaurants ask patrons to shut off their smartphones. No word on how that would square with Applebee’s plan to equip all of its locations with tablets for customers to place orders. Source Link

 

If you’re looking for an exercise that will make you happy right now, you’ll find it right under your nose. A worldwide survey found that cracking a smile was the most effective exercise to quickly increase happiness. Other popular ways to feel good fast were socializing, regular exercise, and taking a nap. Source Link 

 

The idea that the pain in your back is triggered by the weather may just be in your head. A study found no connection between recorded weather conditions and episodes of lower back pain. Researchers may take a look at how changing weather might affect those who suffer from fibromyalgia or arthritis. Source Link

 

Introducing your parents or grandparents to a tablet computer could help keep their minds sharp. A study found that older adults who used tablets for 15 hours a week scored better on mental tests that those who watched movies, completed puzzles, or socialized. Researchers say almost any learning effort that demands more brain work can help. Source Link