That figure might seem reductive, clearly the emotional costs of these illnesses and disorders are immeasurable, but it emphasizes the legitimacy of toxicity concerns.
While researchers have recently made great progress in searching for genetic factors for autism, the genetic responsibility for autism may only be about 30–40%. That's according to an editorial out today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The report pushes for more research on how industrial chemicals may contribute to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, mental retardation, and dyslexia. Here are the top ten compounds where the authors believe research would have the greatest and most immediate impact.