/ Modified aug 27, 2013 7:11 p.m.

AZ Illustrated Science: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Military suicides on the rise; mobile dental, medical care; new technology provides mental care via satellite.

Watch video above to see these stories on AZ Illustrated Science on Tuesday, Aug. 27:

MILITARY SUICIDES RISING: The number of service members and veterans attempting and completing suicide has been rising for the past 10 years. The Department of Veterans Affairs said about 18 veterans die by suicide every day. Ricardo Pereyda, an Iraq veteran, talks about his experience coming back from war, and dealing with the mental and emotional aftermath.

TELEMEDICINE & TELEPSYCHIATRY: New technology, in the form of telemedicine and telepsychiatry, may smooth the access to mental health care in rural areas. With such technology, patients would be able to access psychiatrists and psychologists via satellite. The service would benefit those living in areas that don't have access to mental health care facilities.

RURAL DENTAL PROGRAM: A mobile program in Pima County brings dentistry to schools in rural areas to provide care for children who otherwise can't get it. The program runs from an RV, and brings a dentist's office to people living in low income areas, who can't afford the time or cost of traveling to Tucson for dental care.

MOBILE HEALTH CLINIC: Since 1976, the Mobile Health Program, part of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA's College of Medicine, brings medical care to those who are unable to afford and access it. The medical unit travels to remote areas with little or no access to medical facilities or health care.

AZ Illustrated Science is produced by Georgia Davis. Contact her at gdavis@azpm.org.

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