Britney Spears' strange behavior now in the hands of doctors

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's now up to the professionals to do what they can to reverse Britney Spears' seemingly endless downward spiral.

The young pop star's stay at the UCLA Medical Center is her second 72-hour commitment in four weeks, though her previous stay lasted less than two days and was followed by more strange episodes that have accompanied her divorce and bruising child-custody battle.

Under the law, doctors can keep an individual under round-the-clock observation but can't medicate the person without the person's permission unless there appears to be grave danger.

Generally, the person receives a physical and mental evaluation and doctors can also recommend treatment.

If a person is still considered a danger after the initial hold, doctors can extend the confinement up to 14 more days, and a court-ordered hearing is held.

Spears' mother told reporters outside the hospital yesterday that her daughter is doing OK.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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