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PositiveID Corporation to Debut Its iglucose Mobile Health Diabetes Management Solution at CTIA Wireless 2011

iglucose to be Featured at CTIA by Two Leaders in M2M Technology

iglucose Website Now Live at

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., March 21, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PositiveID Corporation ("PositiveID" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:PSID) announced today that it will debut its iglucose™ mobile health diabetes management solution at CTIA Wireless 2011 in Orlando, March 22-24. The iglucose device connects to compatible data-capable glucometers to automatically communicate blood glucose readings to a secure online database and designated third parties at pre-determined intervals, such as healthcare professionals, caregivers and insurance providers. The product will be demonstrated live at Sierra Wireless' booth #1670 and Connected Development's booth #1875, and the iglucose website is now accessible at

PositiveID's iglucose system is a wireless communication solution that facilitates real-time diabetes management by automatically creating logs and journals, which the American Diabetes Association says are an important assessment of an individual's response to their diabetes care plan. iglucose provides next generation, real-time data to improve diabetes management by helping ensure patient compliance and data accuracy, and aiding in insurance reimbursement. This product has not been cleared for sale by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Scott R. Silverman, Chairman and CEO of PositiveID, said, "We are very excited to unveil iglucose, an innovative healthcare solution that addresses a critical need - diabetes self-management. For the last year, we have worked diligently to bring the iglucose system to fruition, and we are honored that two leaders in the M2M field, Sierra Wireless and Connected Development, have chosen to showcase iglucose at their booths at CTIA Wireless."

The International CTIA WIRELESS® show is the premier wireless event representing a $1 trillion global marketplace that brings together wireless and converged communications, wireless broadband and mobile web.

According to a November 2009 study by researchers at the University of Chicago published in the journal Diabetes Care, the number of diabetics in the U.S., which currently stands at 23.7 million, may almost double in 25 years, and the annual cost of treating them may triple to $336 billion.

About PositiveID Corporation

PositiveID Corporation develops and markets healthcare and information management products through its diagnostic devices and identification technologies, and its proprietary disease management tools. PositiveID's implantable healthcare devices and external hardware and software products are designed to communicate wirelessly to improve healthcare and the patient's quality of life. For more information on PositiveID, please visit

The PositiveID Corporation logo is available at

Statements about PositiveID's future expectations, including the likelihood that PositiveID's iglucose system will facilitate real-time diabetes management by automatically creating logs and journals; the ability of iglucose to improve diabetes management by helping ensure patient compliance and data accuracy, and aiding in insurance reimbursement; the likelihood that the number of diabetics in the U.S., which currently stands at 23.7 million, may almost double in 25 years, and the annual cost of treating them may triple to $336 billion, and all other statements in this press release other than historical facts are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and as that term is defined in the Private Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time, and PositiveID's actual results could differ materially from expected results. These risks and uncertainties include the Company's ability to receive clearance from the FDA to sell its product, the ability to successfully commercialize its iglucose system, as well as certain other risks. Additional information about these and other factors that could affect the Company's business is set forth in the Company's various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in the Company's 10-K filed on March 19, 2010, and the Company's 10-Qs filed on May 6, 2010, August 13, 2010, and November 12, 2010, under the caption "Risk Factors." The Company undertakes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this statement or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

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One Legged Wrestler Wins National Championships

PHILADELPHIA - Judy Robles was just 16 years old when her first child was born, by Cesarean section. The baby did not cry right away, and she wanted to know what the gender was, and was the baby OK?

It was not until later, when Judy was in a recovery room, that her teary parents delivered the news: The baby was missing a leg. He had no hip bone. Judy cried instantly.

She was not crying Saturday. Her baby boy, her first-born, the always-optimistic Anthony, became an NCAA wrestling champion for Arizona State at 125 pounds, beating the Division I reigning champion in that weight class, Matt McDonough of Iowa, at Wells Fargo Center.

It was a night filled with emotion and excitement as 10 national champions were crowned - including Arizona State's Bubba Jenkins, who spent four years at Penn State before he transferred. Jenkins dispatched Nittany Lions freshman David Taylor in 4:14 at 157 pounds, the only pin of the day.

Penn State also captured the national team title. But still, Robles' moment was as big as any.

It was Robles' last college wrestling match, and he says the last of his life, and the sold-out crowd gave him a standing ovation as soon as his dominating 7-1 win was complete.

"I had a lot of butterflies going out there," Robles said.

"I've dreamed about stepping on that stage a dozen times, and this whole year I've just been preparing for that moment. And I was scared. I was scared out there, but as soon as I hit that first takedown, I sort of relaxed. I said, 'OK, back to business. Same drill as usual, like every other match.' "

As a sophomore two years ago, Robles finished fourth in the NCAA championship, and then took what he considered to be a step back as a junior, when he went 25-11 and finished seventh.

Robles wanted to be a national champion, not just an All-American, but to accomplish his goal he had to become mentally tougher.

The physical part he had down, even with only one leg.

Robles has a bigger upper body than most of his opponents in the 125-pound weight class, and in a sport that is all about imposing your style on your opponent, Robles has a distinct advantage.

He cannot stand up and wrestle, so he forces his opponents to stay low on the mat.

Once Robles gets on an opponent's back, like he did Saturday night against McDonough, he is virtually impossible to beat.

Ten minutes before Saturday's match, Arizona State coach Shawn Charles, sensing his wrestler was uncharacteristically jittery, calmly talked to Robles, telling him it was a match just like the other 35 he had won this season.

Robles had not faced anyone as tough as McDonough this season, but McDonough, who traded the No. 1 ranking with Robles throughout the season, never had wrestled against Robles.

Early in the match, Robles got on top of McDonough and executed a roll-through tilt and then converted to a ball and chain.

By the time the first period was over, Robles held a 7-0 lead.

A few minutes later, with the national championship in his hand, Robles' journey was complete.

County To Cremate The Poor Who Can't Pay For Their Funeral

ROCK ISLAND— Rock Island County will look at cremation for people too poor to pay for their own burials, after the State of Illinois stopped paying for them.

In the past, the state reimbursed funeral homes $1,100 to help pay for burial services for indigent people who passed away.

Now funeral directors are being told that money has been cut out of the state budget. The cost will likely have to be absorbed by counties.

Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson says there were about 100 burials in the county last year that were ultimately paid for by the state. Now, unless something changes, it will be shouldered by the county.

''That's about $150,000 in my budget, it's not looking good'', he said.

Gustafson says the county will now be looking at cremation to cut costs.

''It's more beneficial for the county to utilize the cheapest possible means and cremation is that means'', Gustafson said.

He said his office will also investigate and scrutinize claims of indigence and the inability to pay for a loved one's burial.

''When families come to me and say they have ''nothing'', now I have to do my homework, start digging into do they have a residence? A vehicle? A widescreen tv? Equity in anything?'', Gustafson said. ''Families need to accept responsibility for their own''.

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Man Celebrates 100th Birthday By Going Sky Diving

LLIAMSTOWN, NJ (CBS) – Fred Mack truly lives his life to the fullest. On his 100th birthday, when most people would be content with a small celebration, Mack decided he would mark this major milestone by skydiving!

On Sunday, CBS 3 was at Free Fall Adventures in Williamstown, New Jersey, as Mack geared up to tandem jump, 13,000 feet from the clear blue sky.

“I’ve been waiting five years to do this,” said Mack.

The Newtown Square man says he first tried skydiving on his 95th birthday. His reason for doing it again; he promised his friends who came and supported him the first time, that he would come back for a second jump, if he lived to see 100. His cardiologist, Dr. Elliot Gerber, cleared Mack to skydive five years ago.

“I cleared him last time, this time they didn’t ask for me to sign off,” said Dr. Gerber. “Mack has been my patient for 20 years and he is in great shape. He’s an amazing man.”

An amazing man who used to fly planes in the 1930s and later worked as an engineer, who helped design P-40 fighter planes during World War II. His friends say he’s fearless and always ready to try something new.

“He was a competitive skier into his 70s and didn’t stop skiing until he reached his 90s,” said one friend.

As the 15 passenger turbine plane carrying Mack and other skydivers took off, spectators looked to the sky, prepared to watch Mack take the plunge of a lifetime. When he began to descend from the air, his friends pointed and sighed in amazement as Mack and his instructor made a flawless landing onto the open grassy field.

When asked how he felt after the event, Mack simply replied, “I’m still alive.”

His cardiologist says he contacted the Guinness Book of World Records, which is now looking into whether Mack is the oldest person to ever skydive.

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China: Many Chinese Citizens Missing After Government Steps Up Arrests Of Activists

BEIJING (AP) -- The last time the prominent Chinese lawyer Jiang Tianyong was seen or heard from, he was visiting his brother in a Beijing suburb. Police grabbed him and threw him into a waiting van, pushing aside his elderly mother who had clung on to the vehicle.

Jiang is among dozens of well-known lawyers and activists across China who have vanished, been interrogated or criminally detained for subversion in recent weeks, a crackdown that human rights groups say is on a scale and intensity not seen in many years.

Activists say China's massive security apparatus is using the government's anxiety over possible Middle East-inspired protests as a pretext for the crackdown.

"None of them will tell me anything about why he was taken away or where he has been taken to," Jiang's wife Jin Bianling said Monday. She said that after her husband's disappearance last month, a Beijing police officer told her verbally that "the case was being handled," meaning he was under investigation. But her repeated efforts to get more details from police have been fruitless.

More than 100 people have been questioned or followed by police or placed under house arrest, the Hong Kong-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders, or CHRD, said in a recent statement. It said Jiang and others who have disappeared for weeks were at risk of being tortured to extract confessions.

Human Rights Watch senior Asia researcher Nicholas Bequelin said the crackdown is even more serious than the one in December when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to a jailed Chinese dissident, Liu Xiaobo. He said it is also more extensive than when police questioned and detained activists involved in signing Charter 08, a manifesto for peaceful democratic reform that Liu co-authored, in 2008.

"There is a sense that the authorities want to put an end to the kind of open defiance of the government by rights activists, people who have been fairly active on Twitter and other social networks who were allowed for a couple of years to do that," Bequelin said.

Beijing police did not immediately respond to a fax asking whether they had any of the activists in custody.

China employs a wide range of extralegal measures to silence independent voices, including house arrest, 24-hour surveillance and coerced stays in government guest houses. Such actions are especially common around politically sensitive occasions such as the national legislature's annual session earlier this month.

Jiang is among a number of lawyers who have played a leading role in China's "weiquan," or "rights defense" movement, which has sought to use legal means to hold the authorities accountable for abuses of power or infringements on the rights of people.

Some of the high-profile cases Jiang has taken include defending a Tibetan Buddhist cleric in 2009 against charges linked to the 2008 ethnic riots in Tibet. Jiang is also an outspoken advocate for people demanding compensation after being infected by HIV and AIDS from selling their blood or receiving tainted blood transfusions, an issue Beijing sees as highly sensitive.

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Gaddafi Sends Letter To President Obama saying "To My Dear Obama, Our Son"

19 Mar 2011, 1757 hrs IST, AGENCIES
Calling Barack Obama as "our son", Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi sent a message to the US President defending his decision to attack the rebels fighting to overthrow him.

Gaddafi(68) also wrote a letter to the French and British leaders, and the UN Secretary General, saying the Security Council resolution was "void" and violated the UN charter, warning them that they would "regret" any intervention.

"Libya is not for you, Libya is for the Libyans," he said.

Details of Gaddafi's letters were released by the Libyan government spokesman at a news conference in Tripoli.

Defending his decision to attack rebel cities, Gaddafi told Obama, "Al Qaeda is an armed organisation, passing through Algeria, Mauritania and Mali. What would you do if you found them controlling American cities with the power of weapons? What would you do, so I can follow your example."

Trying to strike a personal note, Gaddafi prefaced his letter saying, "To our son, his excellency, Mr Baracka Hussein Obama. I have said to you before, that even if Libya and the United States of America enter into a war, god forbid, you will always remain a son. Your picture will not be changed."

In his letter to Nikolas Sarkozy, David Cameron and Ban Ki Moon, Gaddafi said, "Libya is not yours, Libya is for the Libyans. The security council, their resolution is void because it is not according to the charter to interfere with the internal affairs of the country."

You have no right. You will regret if you get involved in this, our country. We can never shoot a single bullet on our people, it is Al Qaeda organisation."

AT&T To Buy T-Mobile For 39 Billion Dollars

AT&T plans to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG for a cool $39 billion.

The lucrative deal will supposedly improve network quality for both carriers, while offering a "fast, efficient and certain solution" to the "impending" exhaustion of wireless spectrum in certain markets.

"This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation's future," explained AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson. 

"[For example], it will bring advanced LTE capabilities to more than 294 million people. [In addition], mobilebroadband networks drive economic opportunity everywhere, and they enable the expanding high-tech ecosystem that includes device makers, cloud and content providers, app developers and customers."

Of course, it remains unclear if the U.S. government will expedite the deal, as AT&T requires the FCC's approval to acquire T-Mobile's spectrum licenses.

The acquisition is also likely to face quite a bit of scrutiny by the US Department of Justice (DoJ), which will undoubtedly express concern over various antitrust issues.

Indeed, Herbert Hovenkamp, a law professor at the University of Iowa, believes the deal will have a difficult time meeting new merger guides stipulated by the DoJ.

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