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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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

Kicking the habit before delivering your bundle of joy make take more than slapping on a patch. A study found that nicotine patches were not effective in helping pregnant women stop smoking. Researchers say blood pressure was also significantly higher for pregnant women who used the nicotine patch. Source Link 

 

Some day soon, your iPhone could be keeping track of more than your appointments and contacts. Reports say the next version of the iOS operating system may include a Healthbook app to measure your weight, heart rate, blood sugar, hydration, and more. It’s not known if the app would work with a new Apple fitness tracking device or sync with trackers already on the market. Source Link


Talk about a tasty way to take your medicine -- a new study is putting the heart-healthy ingredient of dark chocolate in pill form. Thousands of testers will take pills that are packed with cocoa flavanols. Small studies have shown that flavanols can improve blood pressure, cholesterol, the body's use of insulin, and artery health. Source Link

People who focus on soothing sounds to help get a better night’s sleep may be missing the scent. In a survey, three out of four Americans said they feel more relaxed at bedtime if the room has a pleasant, fresh smell. Studies have shown that scent plays a powerful role in relaxation and memory-building. Source Link

 

You may be hard-wired to love Facebook. Researchers found that people who were avid users of Facebook got a bigger boost to the reward center of the brain from positive social feedback. What’s not known yet is whether the brain feedback drives Facebook use, or if long-term use of social media changes the way the brain reacts to it. Source Link

 

If you’re working to get more exercise, maybe you should try exercising at work. More people are using treadmill desks, stand-up workstations or trading office chairs for exercise balls in an effort to get fit while on-the-clock. Experts say you should try a new office exercise routine the same as any other, and do it gradually to avoid the risk of injury. Source Link 

It’s a new twist on the old “carry a baby doll” exercise to teach teens about the responsibility of parenthood. The Pregnancy Text program will send text messages to a teenager’s phone over a 12-hour span that are demands from their imaginary baby. Developers say it mimics the challenge of being a young parent in a method that will command a teenager’s attention. Source Link

 

If you’ve ever argued for an obscure word to win a few points in Scrabble, here’s your chance to add to the approved list. The makers of the Scrabble Dictionary are holding a contest to select one word that will be added to their new edition this year. Nominations are being accepted on the Scrabble Facebook page and then the public will vote to select the word. Source Link

 

The real winners in March Madness may be companies that allow employees to follow the NCAA basketball tournament at work. In a survey, about one-in-three businesses said watching games at work or participating in pools that don't involve money boosts employee morale and has a positive impact on worker productivity. Source Link

Is the “five-second rule” safe to live by? It depends on where the food lands. Researchers found that a cookie or sticky food dropped on carpeting was unlikely to pick up much bacteria in just five seconds. But dropping the same food on a hard floor or outdoors had a higher risk of bacterial transfer. Source Link

 

The combination of cell phones and driving makes for some of the most deadly accidents. A National Safety Council report lists distracted driving as a top cause of accidental death for young people. Accidental deaths in older people are often the result of a fall, and drug overdoses are the top cause of all accidental death. Source Link

 

There’s a new set of accessories to help the visually impaired use a smartphone. Samsung has unveiled an ultrasonic cover that detects the presence of someone, a stand that holds the phone above something to be scanned, and wireless tags that can be placed on objects, like a TV remote, to allow the phone to locate it. Source Link