Children born to disadvantaged and unhealthy mothers were more than five times as likely as counterparts with disadvantaged but healthy mothers to exhibit fair or poor overall health, according to a study that will be presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting. Children with disadvantaged, unhealthy mothers also were more likely to have low well-being scores, have a greater risk of asthma and/or learning disabilities, and to visit the emergency department, according to researchers.

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