Former first lady Barbara Bush hospitalized in Houston

Former US first lady Barbara Bush hasbeen hospitalized in Houston for treatment of early signs of a"respiratory-related issue," her husband's office said onTuesday.

"She is in great spirits, has already received visits fromher husband and family, and is receiving fantastic care. Updateswill be issued when warranted," the office of former PresidentGeorge H.W. Bush said in a written statement.

Barbara Bush, who is 88, was admitted on Monday to MethodistHospital in Houston's Texas Medical Center, the statement said.