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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, 1:16 p.m.

Former President George H.W. Bush is hospitalized in Houston with a persistent case of bronchitis.

“President Bush has been in and out of The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center being treated for complications related to his bronchitis. He is in stable condition, and is expected to be released within the next 72 hours,” hospital officials said Thursday.

Bush, 88, the oldest living former president, served from 1989-1993.

Bronchitis can progress to pneumonia, especially in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems, said Dr. Joel Warshaw, a general practitioner in Bethel Park.

“Typically it is treated as an outpatient. They are probably keeping him in the hospital out of an abundance of caution,” he said.

Bush first ran for the Republican nomination for presidency in 1980, losing in the primary to Ronald Reagan, who chose him to be his running mate. Bush served two terms as vice president.

He and his wife Barbara are the parents of six children, including son George W. Bush who served two terms as president. Their son Jeb Bush was governor of Florida for two terms and is considered a top challenger for the 2016 presidential election.

In his post-presidential life, Bush has been active in co-chairing charitable events with Bill Clinton — who unseated Bush in 1992 — in areas devastated by natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti.

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