Lindsay Lohan “I’m Going to Sing Again”

Lindsay Lohan “I’m Going to Sing Again”

Source: TMZ

Lindsay Lohan — forever in search of a career resurrection — is now setting her sights on reigniting her singing career … TMZ has learned.

Lindsay was in a New York City recording studio over the weekend, experimenting with various tracks.  Lindsay has one hit under her belt — “Confessions of a Broken Heart” — which is in the pop genre, but we’re told she’s now more interested in EDM.

Our sources say Lindsay has not signed with a label yet but that’s what she’s gunning for.

We’re told Lindsay has gotten advice and support from friends, including Lady Gaga and Max from The Wanted.

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Posted On 17 Dec 2013

Myths and Facts About Sugar Substitutes

Calorie-free sweeteners probably aren’t dangerous, but they may not help you lose weight either.

By Dr. Sanjay Gupta | Follow @DrSanjayGupta

Myths and Facts About Sugar Substitutes

Research suggests people are cutting back on their sugar intake, but it’s still having a serious health impact worldwide. According to the American Heart Association, tens of thousands of global deaths each year from heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes may be linked to sugary drinks. For many people, artificial sweeteners offer a calorie-free way to satisfy sweet-tooth cravings. But do these sugar substitutes pose health risks, and how do they affect the way we taste and consume food?

“We still don’t fully understand the long-term effects of artificial sweeteners,” said Alexandra Kaplan Corwin, a registered dietician in the division of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. “Though the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] has said they’re safe and the National Cancer Institute says they don’t cause cancer, we still don’t really know if there are long-term health consequences.”

In the 1970s, studies linked the sugar-substitute saccharine to urinary bladder cancer in lab rats. In response, Congress required that foods containing saccharine have a warning label. Follow-up studies found no cancer-risk in humans, and the National Institutes of Health removed saccharin from a list of suspected carcinogens in 2000.

The safety of another sugar substitute came into question after a study suggested an increase in brain tumors in the U.S. might be related to the use of aspartame. But the National Cancer Institute traced the increased tumor rates back to the 1970s, years before the substitute was on the market. Subsequent research found no connection between aspartame and cancer in humans. This month, the European Food Safety Authority concluded that aspartame is safe at levels contained in diet soda.

“None of these studies have been replicated in humans with the same results,” said Kristi King, a clinical dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. “It seems like the amount of sweeteners you’d have to consume on a daily basis over your lifetime would have to be enormous to have any kind ofdetrimental side effect.”

While there’s no evidence these sugar substitutes are dangerous, a recent study suggests they don’t guarantee weight loss. Researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine found that eating foods with artificial sweeteners when we’re hungry or tired increases the likelihood of choosing higher-calorie foods later on.

Brain scans of mice found that the brain signal that regulates levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with the brain’s reward center, is only triggered when regular sugar is broken down. “The results suggest that a ‘happy medium’ could be a solution; combining sweeteners with minimal amounts of sugar so that energy metabolism doesn’t drop, while caloric intake is kept to a minimum,” according to Yale professor and study lead Ivan de Araujo.

“Artificial sweeteners aren’t necessarily a magic bullet for weight loss,” said Corwin. “They don’t contain calories, but you have to make sure you’re not letting yourself think you can eat more because you had a diet soda instead of a regular one.”

Sugar substitutes are much sweeter than sugar, which can have an adverse effect on how we choose what foods to eat. “If you’re having a lot of artificial sweeteners, they can increase your preference for them and make more nutritious foods less tasty and appealing,” said Corwin.

Here’s how five FDA-approved artificial sweeteners measure up on the “sweetness scale,” according to the Sugar Association:

  • Acesulfame K, or ace K, is 200 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Aspartame (marketed as Equal and NutraSweet) is 200 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Neotame is about 40 times sweeter than aspartame, or 8,000 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Saccharine (commonly sold as Sweet ’N Low) can be between 200 and 700 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Sucralose (sold as Splenda) is 600 times sweeter than sugar.

For people trying to lose weight or manage conditions like heart disease and diabetes, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association support the moderate use of artificial sweeteners. Reducing sugar in your diet is important, but “sugar free” isn’t the same as healthy.

Here are some healthy tips on consuming sugar and sugar substitutes:

  • If you’re looking to avoid both sugary and artificially sweetened drinks, try water or seltzer flavored with fruit slices or mint leaves.
  • Among sugar substitutes, Corwin prefers the natural sweetener stevia, which is derived from a plant. Refined stevia extract is “generally regarded as safe,” but the FDA hasn’t approved it in whole-leaf or crude form because of concerns about possible side effects.
  • When buying juice drinks for your kids, look for the phrase “100 percent juice.” Those juices will contain the vitamins and minerals found in the fruit, said King. Avoid products that are “fruit flavored.”
  • The AHA recommends fresh fruit or canned fruits packed in water or natural juice over fruit canned in syrup. Instead of adding sugar to oatmeal or cereal, use fresh or dried fruit.
  • Avoid nutrient-poor, processed foods and beverages with added sugar, said King. Naturally occurring sugars found in fruit and milk, in moderation, can still be part of a healthy diet.

Posted On 17 Dec 2013

As NY Jets eliminated from NFL playoffs, Rex Ryan’s fate up in the air

As NY Jets eliminated from NFL playoffs, Rex Ryan’s fate up in the air

Ryan, who took the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games in his first two years, has seen his foothold on the job slip after three seasons without a winning record.

Source: NY Daily News

Jets fans can cross Feb. 2, 2014, off their social calendars. Right now, the most important date is Dec. 30, 2013.

With Gang Green officially eliminated from the playoffs — ending all hope of playing in the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium — the day after the Jets’ final game appears to be when Rex Ryan will find out if he will coach the Jets in 2014 or get sent into the new year without a job by Woody Johnson and John Idzik.

Ryan has deftly side-stepped questions on the subject of his job status all year, choosing to focus on his team’s play or opponent. But on Monday, with Ryan being peppered with questions about his situation, the coach opened up a little bit to state his case that he is the man to lead the Jets beyond 2013.


“Of course I believe it. Of course. No question I believe it. There’s no doubt about it,” Ryan said a few hours before the Ravens beat the Lions to eliminate his team from the wild-card race. “I’m a competent guy, even though I know that will be questioned a million times forward and backwards. But I know I’m a good football coach, I believe in this team, I believe in this organization and I’m determined to bring a winner to this team.”

Ryan, who took the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games in his first two years, has seen his foothold on the job slip after three seasons without a winning record. Last season, after Gang Green finished 6-10, there was speculation that Ryan would be let go. Instead, he was kept on board while general manager Mike Tannenbaum got the boot. But now, with a freshman GM in Idzik in charge, it’s Ryan who is facing all the heat.

“I think this team is on the right path,” Ryan said. “It might not be reflective in our record right now. I understand that. But I believe this team is going in the right direction.”


Ryan claimed he didn’t have even an inkling as to which way owner Woody Johnson and Idzik might go. He said he didn’t know if the team’s final two games would have an impact on his status for next season.

“I’ve said it I don’t know how many times, but we need to get a win and then all that other stuff will take care of itself down the road,” Ryan said.

Ryan’s chances of keeping his post in 2014 isn’t a topic many players are eager to discuss. Ryan is well-liked by his players, but few want to involve themselves in the politics upstairs in Florham Park. Willie Colon, however, is an exception.


On Monday, Colon hoisted his full support —that’s 315 pounds worth — behind Ryan.

Asked if he wants Ryan to return, Colon said, “Yes. Without a doubt.

“I’ll stand on a soap box and say it. Rex is my coach,” the guard said. “He’s one of the main reasons I came here. I love the guy to death. I love his passion, I love his heart. I think if he doesn’t come back it will be a step back for us as a team.”

Ryan gets his players to play hard for him, and the coach does not expect that to change in the final two games.

Colon echoed that thought.

“Without a doubt. We’re accountable for each other, we try to be accountable for each other,” Colon said. “We’re fighting hard, I think guys are putting out their best foot forward and doing the necessary things to win games.”



Posted On 17 Dec 2013