Phenomenal reporting from the New York Times: a two part series on the toxicity of chemicals used in nail polish and the danger of repeated exposure: manicurists battle ailments from skin conditions and respiratory illnesses to miscarriages and other reproductive complications. This is also a example of how to do reporting in the internet age: a well designed article, with multimedia embedded, and options to read it in multiple languages. Well done New York Times, here's to hoping this spurs greater regulations in the industry.
Similar stories of illness and tragedy abound at nail salons across the country, of children born slow or “special,” of miscarriages and cancers, of coughs that will not go away and painful skin afflictions. The stories have become so common that older manicurists warn women of child-bearing age away from the business, with its potent brew of polishes, solvents, hardeners and glues that nail workers handle daily.