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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Pack an apple in your lunch and your heart might thank you for it. A long-term study found that eating fruit every day can lower the risk of heart and stroke problems by up to 40-percent. Only about one-in-five people ate fruit every day, but the more fruit people ate, the more their risk declined. Source Link

Facebook will come calling soon to ask you to check your privacy. The social network says all of its users will get a notice to complete an online review of who can see your posts, which third-party apps you use, and what you share in your bio. The checkup will appear first for desktop users of Facebook. Source Link

Don’t hate those people who say they feel great with less sleep, because they may have been born with it. New research says “short sleeping” can be a genetic variation, and it may hold the key to understanding obesity and bipolar disorder, because true short sleepers rarely suffer from these problems. Source Link

If you’re feeling sleepy, you can take a nap or a shot of caffeine -- or do both for the best results. Drinking a cup of coffee followed by a 20-minute nap will refresh and energize you. Timing is everything, because it takes about 20 minutes for caffeine to reach your brain, and you can use that time to catch some z’s with a quick coffee nap. Source Link

Super-sized smartphones are on-track to become one of the biggest selling tech products. Industry experts say the “phablets,” which are bigger than typical smartphones but smaller than a tablet, will beat laptop sales this year and outpace tablet sales by next year. It’s believed that Apple is ready to unveil a larger iPhone phablet model. Source Link

Here’s a topic to discuss -- does social media make us more politically opinionated? A national survey found that frequent users of Facebook and Twitter were less likely to share their opinions, both online and offline. Researchers say unless people know their audience agrees, they are likely to shy away from talking about hot-button issues. Source Link

If your tastes in TV run to action shows, your preference might show up on the bathroom scale. Researchers found that people eat much more snack food while watching action  programs. Fast-paced shows can make you eat more because you're distracted by the action and paying less attention to how much you’re putting in your mouth. Source Link

For many of us, the 40-hour work week comes up short on the time we actually spend on the job. A new Gallup survey found that half of all adult workers clocked over 40 hours a week, and about four out of ten work at least 50 hours each week. Only 8-percent of full-time employees claim to work less than 40 hours. Source Link

Encouraging baby talk from your infant may help them develop the real thing. A study showed that when parents listened and responded to baby talk, infants began to form complex sounds. The babies whose parents responded to babbling also started using language more quickly. Source Link

The world’s biggest social network is the setting for lots of scams designed to hack your Facebook account. Experts say you should beware of come-ons that promise you can see who’s viewing your profile, or change the Facebook theme, or drop the blue color of your Facebook page. All are designed to get access to your account. Source Link

Slimming down may be good for your brain as well as your waistline. Studies show that body fat releases proteins that can cause inflammation which can affect the brain. Obese men and women are 35-percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, and getting rid of excess fat improves brain function. Source Link

Whether you think it’s half-empty or half-full, pouring a partial glass of wine could keep you from drinking too much. A study found that people who aimed for half a glass usually poured a bit less. That can help prevent overdrinking, as compared to those who topped-off with each new round. Source Link

Waiting before a movie, a meal, or a concert is more fun than standing in line for a new thing that you buy. Studies found that people were happier while anticipating an experience than when they were waiting to buy items. Folks waiting in line for an experience were also better behaved than those who were waiting to shop. Source Link

Is our economy taking the heat because of menopause? A study found that women with untreated menopause symptoms like hot flashes had up to 80-percent more outpatient health care visits and more time off work. Experts think the problem has worsened since hormone therapy was linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Source Link

Digital screen time is quickly becoming a handheld affair. A new report says the typical American is now spending more than half of their online time on a phone or tablet, rather than a laptop or desktop computer. And nearly all of that mobile time is spent using apps, as opposed to web browsing. Source Link

Parents, drivers and kids need to be especially vigilant about traffic safety this month. September has the most pedestrian accidents involving children, and experts say distractions can be to blame. Parents should remind children to make eye contact with drivers and turn off handheld devices and remove headphones before they cross the street. Source Link

Can yoga build a better brain? A study found that people who practiced yoga were more likely to think faster and better remember things. Exercise alone wasn’t the reason, because testers who did regular stretching and toning exercises didn’t see the same improvement in brain function. Source Link

It’s a sign of the times that are a-changin’ in the annual Mindset List for incoming college freshmen that’s published by Beloit College. For 18-year-olds today, a “chat” rarely involves face-to-face talking and they never need directions -- just an address and GPS. And none have ever seen an actual airline ticket.  Source Link