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 are new concerns about cancer risks associated with some e-cigarettes. Researchers say some larger models of e-cigarettes get so hot that they can produce carcinogens such as formaldehyde. The FDA is considering new rules to regulate e-cigarettes, which are being touted as a cancer-free alternative to smoking tobacco. Source Link

 

Having our babies on-board doesn't prevent us from chatting-up our friends. A study found that parents driving with their children in the car are just as likely to use cellphones as other drivers. Two-thirds of the parents said they had used cellphones while driving with their child, and 15 percent said they had texted while driving with their child. Source Link

 

Does the price of your meal make the food taste better? A study found that people who ate the same item but paid a different price said it tasted better when it was more expensive. But researchers said the higher or lower pricing did not make a difference in how much people ate. Source Link

For two decades, health experts have been advising parents to put babies to sleep on their backs to avoid sudden infant death syndrome. But a new survey found that one-third of parents still aren’t getting the message. SIDS is the number-one cause of death for babies under the age of one. Source Link

 

Millions of Americans could soon have a new tool to combat their sleep apnea. Regulators have approved the first implant designed to treat the condition in which breathing stops during sleep. The device is implanted like a heart pacemaker and stimulates a nerve to keep breathing at a regular pace. Source Link

 

America’s pediatricians have a message for parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers -- turn off the TV. A survey found that many young children are watching too much television every day. Children between the ages of two and five should only be watching TV for two hours a day, and TV viewing is not recommended for children under the age of two. Source Link

Your baby’s brain power makes it possible to begin learning well before their first birthday. A study found that infants as young as 9 months old can use pictures to learn about an object and later recognize the real thing. Researchers say babies are capable of learning about the real world indirectly from picture books with realistic images. Source Link 

 

Want to stay healthy? You can start by grabbing the vacuum cleaner. A study found that even routine tasks like housework or pushing a shopping cart can dramatically reduce your risk of becoming disabled. People who spent more than four hours a day doing light physical activity had more than a 30 percent reduction in their risk for developing a disability. Source Link 

 

The world’s biggest Internet store may want to add smartphones to its list of branded products. Photos have surfaced of an Amazon smartphone that could be coming to market. Reports say the phone could include a “Prime Data” package for free or discounted wireless data service. Source Link

 

If you’re a mom-to-be, don’t forget to bring along dad when you have that baby ultrasound. A survey showed that seeing the first ultrasound images of their unborn babies helps fathers bond with their children. Researchers say viewing the ultrasound reassured the men and also prompted them to think deeply on their roles as fathers. Source Link 

 

You can get the creative juices flowing by putting one foot in front of the other. A study found that creative thinking improves while a person is walking and shortly thereafter.  Environment was not a factor because the improvement was seen whether people walked indoors or outdoors. Source Link 

 

It’s a losing battle against the legalise, but you may be surprised about what you agree to in the terms of service for many major websites. A study found that major social media sites often can reuse or resell your pictures, videos and writings without your permission.The typical terms of service agreement has thousands of words written for college-level comprehension. Source Link 

 

The number-one viewing screen for Americans isn’t one that hangs on a wall. A survey found that we’re now spending more time per day looking at our smartphones than watching TV. And about 40-percent of people are using both screens at the same time, usually checking something on the smartphone that’s not related to what we’re watching on television. Source Link 

 

A hearty laugh may be as good as meditation for mellowing the mind. Researchers found that laughing creates the same kind of brain waves that occur during meditation. They say laughter engages the whole brain and offers a good mental workout to help you think more clearly. Source Link 

 

There’s new scientific proof that your pets can actually experience love. Testing found that dogs had a big spike in the brain chemical oxytocin after playing with another animal. Oxytocin is the neurochemical that’s released when humans interact with those they love, such as their children or their partner or their pets. Source Link

 

First, it was the “Polar Vortex” of winter. Now, get ready for the “Pollen Vortex” of spring. Allergy experts say the cold winter kept trees dormant for longer than usual, which means tree pollen season will overlap with grass pollen and mold seasons.  And for those with multiple allergies, that will mean extra misery this year. Source Link 

 

So what will the new, bigger iPhone look like? Pictures that were part of plans sent to accessory makers show the model with a 4.7-inch screen is taller and a bit narrower than the iPhone 5S, and also slightly thinner. No sign yet of exact dimensions for the new 5.5 inch iPhone, which may not go on sale at the same time as the standard model. Source Link 

 

People who are on cholesterol medication may think it’s a prescription for bigger meals. A study found that those who are taking statin drugs today are eating more calories with more fat than a decade ago. Experts say those eating habits can undermine the effectiveness of statins, which have been prescribed to one-in-six American adults. Source Link