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Irate moms hit out at fitness fanatics working out in their kids’ playgrounds

It’s the battle of the monkey bars.

Fed up moms in New York City have had enough of fitness freaks using kids’ playgrounds as makeshift gyms now that workout facilities are operating at limited capacity due to COVID-19.

They’ve labeled the sweaty musclemen — and women — “gross” and “selfish” for increasingly monopolizing equipment designed for toddlers.

According to parents, some don’t wear masks and could pose a health hazard during the pandemic.

“It’s unfair on the children,” said mom of one Ashley Ann Capone, of Astoria Heights, Queens, who regularly visits her neighborhood playground, Sean’s Place, on 38th Street. “They can feel intimidated by them and can’t play properly because of their presence.”

A woman does her workout using the playground equipment at Hoyt Playground.
A woman does her workout using the playground equipment at Hoyt Playground.Tamara Beckwith/New York Post

While it’s mostly individuals exercising on their own, a growing number of personal trainers are bringing their clients within the playgrounds.

“My friend recently spotted a trainer with half-a-dozen clients in tow,” added Capone, 35. “They took up half of the available space with little regard for anyone else.

“They use the monkey bars a lot, which poses the danger for little kiddos being kicked in the face.”

The makeup artist and beauty activist is particularly concerned because her 2-year-old daughter, Bridget, is autistic. She loves using playgrounds like Sean’s Place for sensory input and socializing with other tots.

“Being outside in a safe environment is important for all children, but especially those with special needs,” said Capone.

Michelle Slonim Rosenfeld, 39, another Astoria mom, cited rules imposed by New York City Parks that only permit adults in playgrounds who are accompanied by a child under the age of 12.

Michelle Slonim Rosenfeld
Michelle Slonim RosenfeldTamara Beckwith/New York Post

“Perhaps they should start putting up signs,” suggested the author and comedienne, drolly adding: “Playgrounds are already filled with tears and dirty diapers. We don’t need to add sweaty armpits.”

The ick factor was also addressed by mom of two Annie, who asked for her last name to be withheld for professional reasons. She described buffed-up men running shirtless through the sprinklers at Hoyt Playground to cool off between workouts.

“It was gross,” she said. “There are plenty of other places to exercise so I can’t understand it.

“It’s selfish.”

A man in the playground equipment at Hoyt Playground in Queens.
A man in the playground equipment at Hoyt Playground in Queens.Tamara Beckwith/New York Post

The issue was acknowledged by Anessa Hodgson, press officer for NYC Parks, who said city playgrounds and parks “have seen an increase in traffic for exercise” given the closures of indoor gyms over the past seven months.

“For many New Yorkers during the public health crisis, they have become their gym, their yoga studio and a space for active and passive recreation,” she added. “While it may appear that more adults are using our playgrounds for exercise, this has long been a trend and we ask that they are courteous and considerate to others.”

Her words are little comfort to Heather Timiraos, 43, who moved to Queens from

Dying Mom’s Video of Hospital Staff Taunting Her Sparks Outrage Over Racism in Canada: Reports

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The death of an indigenous woman in the Canadian province of Quebec is sparking outcry and investigations after a shocking video showed her being verbally abused by hospital staff — and many believe it was racially motivated, according to multiple reports.

A heartbreaking livestream by Joyce Echaquan before her death on Monday depicts hospital staff members near her as she cried out in pain at Lanaudière Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) in Joliette. Echaquan’s Facebook Live footage — which was reviewed by local outlets and could be disturbing to some viewers — was publicly shared by Journal Métro and reportedly features nurses insulting the 37-year-old mother in French.

“You made some bad choices, my dear,” one of the nurses was recorded saying, according to The Guardian‘s translation. “What are your children going to think, seeing you like this?”

“She’s good at having sex, more than anything else,” another nurse said, according to the outlet.

One nurse was heard calling Echaquan “stupid as hell,” Canada’s CBC Television reported.

Echaquan’s husband, Carol Dubé, told the outlet that he believes the nurses meant to humiliate his wife.

“I have seven children who find themselves without a mother,” Dubé said. “I am sad. I am so sad.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, CISSS announced one of the two nurses who were recorded in Echaquan’s video has been fired.

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According to CBC, Echaquan was complaining of stomach pains when she arrived at the hospital two days before her death. A family member told the outlet she suffered from various health conditions and did not trust the hospital due to previous experiences.

“She always said, at the hospital, they never did anything,” Sebastien Moar, Echaquan’s cousin, told CBC. “They just made sure she wasn’t hurting. She always had appointments and she said the nurses seemed fed up with her.”

Two separate investigations — a coroner’s inquiry and an administrative probe — have been launched, the outlet added, citing the Quebec government.

Because she was a member of the Atikamekw people, a community of indigenous inhabitants in Quebec, some believe Echaquan’s treatment was seeded in racism.

“Joyce Echaquan went to the hospital for medical help. Instead, she was told she’s stupid, only good for sex and she would be better off dead as she pleaded for help before dying,” read a statement from the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

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“This racism in the health care system is deeply disturbing and unacceptable,” the group added.

This sentiment was echoed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called the hospital staff’s actions proof of “systemic racism” in the country.

“This is yet another example of systemic racism. It is quite simply unacceptable in Canada,” Trudeau said, according to the Toronto Star.

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A Bit of Mom’s Poop Might Boost Health of C-Section Babies: Study | Health News

By Amy Norton
HealthDay Reporter

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THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Delivering by cesarean section deprives babies from receiving mom’s beneficial bacteria during the journey through the birth canal. Now researchers are studying an innovative way to counter that: Feeding newborns breast milk fortified with their mother’s poop.

There is, indeed, a yuck factor, the scientists acknowledge. But they also stress that the tactic, still under study, is done through a carefully controlled, hygienic process. And mothers seem to be all for it.

The research, described in the Oct. 1 issue of Cell, is part of a growing interest in the microbiome — the vast collection of bacteria and other microbes that naturally dwell in and on the body.

Studies in recent years have been revealing just how important those bugs are to the body’s normal processes — from metabolism to immune defenses to brain function.

And there’s evidence that the way a baby is delivered could have critical effects on the composition of the early-life microbiome.

Vaginal childbirth exposes newborns to the beneficial microbes in the birth canal, but C-sections bypass that process. In turn, studies have found that babies born by cesarean tend to have different microbiomes than babies born vaginally.

Those differences can be seen out to one year of age, said Dr. Martin Blaser, a professor and chairman of the human microbiome at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, N.J.

“Things do normalize, but for a while the microbiome is abnormal,” said Blaser, who was not involved in the new study.

Children born by C-section tend to have higher risks for conditions like asthma, allergies, obesity and type 1 diabetes, Blaser said. And it’s thought that the early-life microbiome may play a role, by affecting immune system and metabolic development.

In a small 2016 study, Blaser’s colleague and wife, Maria Dominguez-Bello, tested a way to “restore” a more-normal microbiome to C-section babies: swabbing them with their mothers’ vaginal fluids right after birth.

It seemed to work. One month later, the swabbed infants had microbial communities that were more similar to vaginally delivered babies’ than to those of other C-section babies.

The new study took a different route to restoring the microbiome: diluting a mother’s fecal sample in breast milk, and feeding it to her infant shortly after birth.

Seven women provided the samples three weeks before undergoing a planned C-section. All were carefully screened for viruses like hepatitis and HIV, and the fecal samples were tested for a range of bacterial infections and parasites, according to co-senior researcher Dr. Sture Andersson.

The breast milk was the mother’s own, or retrieved from a donor-milk bank.

“This should only be performed under rigorously controlled conditions,” stressed Andersson, of the Pediatric Research Center at the University of Helsinki.

Similar to the swabbing study, this one found that internally delivering moms’ microbes seemed to affect development of the newborns’ microbiome. At the age of 3 months, the babies’ microbial makeup looked more like that of