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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More isn’t always better when it comes to exercise after a heart attack, and a new study puts a number on just how far you should go. Researchers say that running more than 4 miles a day or walking more than 7 miles a day led to an increased risk of death after a heart attack, but exercise is still recommended for cardiac rehabilitation. Source Link

The FDA has approved the first at-home test for colon cancer. The test that requires a doctor’s prescription uses a stool sample to detect the presence of blood and DNA mutations that may indicate cancerous and precancerous growths in the colon. Experts say it could replace colonoscopy for those who have no symptoms of colorectal disease. Source Link

Tired of having calls to your kid’s cell phone always going to voicemail? A mother has created a new Android app that shuts down a phone until the child calls back. “Ignore No More” allows parents lock their kids’ phones from a separate device, forcing them to call a list of select numbers to regain access to their phone. Source Link

Kids who pack a lunch for school can eat healthy and avoid foodborne illness with a few tips. Packing a frozen juice box can keep yogurt, lunchmeat or eggs fresh and then thaw to provide a cold drink by lunchtime. And don’t reuse food packaging or paper bags because they could contaminate fresh food. Source Link

Older women can step away from the risk of breast cancer by walking for about 30 minutes a day. That’s the finding of a study looking at the activity levels of postmenopausal women. Researchers say the women needed to walk for four hours a week to see a decreased risk for invasive breast cancer. Source Link

When you encounter a “hot mess” on the web, should you “throw shade” or just share a link with “ICYMI” for “In Case You Missed It”? Those are all terms that have been officially added to the online edition of the Oxford Dictionary. Other additions include “binge-watch,” “bro-hug,” and “listicle.” 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

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

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

Who’s fault is it that our teenagers are talking on the phone while driving? Often, we're to blame. A study found that up to half of teens talking on cellphones while driving were speaking with their mother or father. Experts say parents need to better role models to prevent distracted driving that is blamed for one-out-of-ten fatal crashes among teens. Source Link

Pregnant women may want to think twice about what they use to wash their hands. New research suggests that exposure to the common antibacterial ingredient triclosan can affect the growth of a fetus. The FDA is is reviewing the safety of triclosan following animal studies that showed the chemical can affect the way hormones function. Source Link

How could a bug bite turn you into a vegetarian? Health experts say victims of a Lone Star tick bite have developed a temporary allergy to eating red meat. The tick was first identified in Texas, but has made its way across the United States and to countries as far away as Japan, Germany and Australia. Source Link

This weekend may be one of the best times of the year to buy a car. A look at five years of industry sales data found that prices are lowest in the month of August, with Saturdays and Sundays the best days of the week to buy. The first few days of the month usually bring the best bargains on car prices. Source Link

Eating out usually means eating more. A study showed that people consume an average of about 200 calories more a day than when they cook at home. Those extra calories at the restaurant typically come from more energy-dense foods, larger portions, and more empty calories such as sugar-sweetened beverages. Source Link

What’s the go-to gift for grandma? How about a tablet? A new report says one-in-four Americans over 55 owns a tablet computer. Experts say the tablet computer poses much less of a challenge to operate than a laptop or desktop, and has just as much power and versatility with apps. Source Link

If you’re looking for a straight answer from someone, ask them in the morning. A study found that people were more likely to lie or cheat in the afternoon. Experts say our moral compass is more accurate in the morning because the brain is rested after a night’s sleep. Source Link

Don’t waste your money on programs that offer to teach your baby to read. That’s the conclusion from a study that tested the claims of reading programs aimed at children under two years old. Experts say the testing showed that babies cannot gain any reading skills from DVDs, flash cards, or word books. Source Link

Baby Boomers take note -- just one drink may be one too many when you get behind the wheel. A simulator study found that even small legal levels of intoxication can affect the driving skills of people 55 to 70 years old. Researchers say the findings show that it could be time to reassess legal blood alcohol levels for all drivers. Source Link