Critics mock an EPA scheme to create ‘healthy salons’, but Julia Carrie Wong hears how it is tackling an “epidemic” of health problems from staff, many of whom are Vietnamese immigrants

Each time Van Nguyen got pregnant, her doctor advised her either to stop working at the San Francisco nail salon she owns – or have an abortion.

But Nguyen wanted to keep her babies and couldn’t afford to stop working. So she avoided seeing doctors throughout her four pregnancies, despite experiencing significant bleeding during all four, and miscarriages during two.

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