Consumer Reports: Nail gel dangers

July 27, 2010 In fact, some of the acrylics used with gels can be associated with fingernail damage and deformity. And you may not realize it, but most of the ingredients used in nail products are not tested for safety by the Food and Drug Administration before being sold.

Just a day after Jane Ubell-Meyer got what she was told was a gel manicure, she was in agony, suffering what seemed to be electric shocks whenever her thumb touched anything. After examining Jane, neurologist Orly Avitzur, who is also a medical consultant for Consumer Reports, suspected the chemicals in the manicure. Gel manicures can involve rough or painful filing and Dr. Avitzur says that when she examined Jane's thumb, she saw that it had been scraped raw by an electrical file. She believes that Jane's "gel manicure" contained acrylics and the chemicals seeped in and caused nerve damage.

Dr. Avitzur says that after looking into gel manicures, she recommends sticking with good old-fashioned nail polish. If you're patient and get several coats, nail polish can last a week or more.

A government ruling loosens Apple's grip on the iPhone. New rules allow iPhone users to legally unlock the devices so they can run software that hasn't been approved by Apple. But the company says unlocking phones is an unauthorized modification of its software and anybody who does it runs the risk of voiding their warranty.

Also Citigroup is advising customers to upgrade to the newest version of its mobile-banking app for the iPhone. The bank says an older version had a security flaw - accidentally saving personal information. Citigroup says it does not believe any personal data was exposed by the flaw.

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