Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter

Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics.

She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma.

She is the president of the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists professional chapter and a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.


  • What's it like: To be quarantined

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: In the public health world, there’s an important distinction between the words “quarantine” and “isolation.” People often use the term “quarantined” inappropriately.

  • Free clinic: 'Do I want health care or do I want my education right now?'

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    Stephanie James, 28, a restaurant server who lives in Edmond, hasn’t had health insurance for eight years. James said she cannot afford both college and health insurance, so for now, she chooses college.

  • What's it like: To get a pacemaker implanted

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    Pacemakers are often used to treat people who have slow heart rhythms, essentially providing them a faster heart beat.

  • Veterans officials address concerns at OKC town hall

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Officials at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center addressed concerns of veterans and veterans’ spouses at a town hall at the hospital Wednesday night. Hospital staff was standing by to talk one-on-one with veterans and their families.

  • OU Health Sciences Center receives $11.5M grant to focus on senior health

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    The University of Oklahoma Health and Sciences Center has been awarded a three-year $11.5 million grant by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to further efforts to improve the health of seniors in Oklahoma. The grant will provide money for the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, a senior health initiative of the OU College of Medicine’s Department of Geriatric Medicine.

  • What's it like: To contract sepsis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    A person with an infection might develop a serious medical condition called sepsis, where the body overreacts to fighting that infection. There is no “cure” for sepsis or septic shock, and death rates often are high.

  • Facing complaints of five patient overdose deaths, Oklahoma doctor surrenders license

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    On Thursday, Dr. Glenn Stow surrendered his medical license, facing a complaint from the Oklahoma Medical Board that the drugs he prescribed were, at least, partially responsible for the overdose deaths of five patients, including a woman who was 32 weeks pregnant.

  • Respiratory illness enterovirus D68 confirmed in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma Health Department confirmed that a respiratory illness known as enterovirus D68 is circulating in Oklahoma.

  • What's it like: To develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Millions of Americans became familiar with ALS this past summer when hundreds of thousands of people participated in the “ice bucket challenge,” which went viral and helped raise millions of dollars for ALS organizations.

  • What's your pressure point? Survey asks Oklahomans what causes them stress

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, JACLYN COSGROVE, TIFFANY GIBSON, ADAM KEMP and K.S. MCNUTT | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Money, retirement, tuition, earthquakes and social media are among the things that cause them stress, Oklahomans tell reporters during a recent survey.

  • Canadian County ranked one of the state's “least difficult” places to live

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    High median household income, high percentage of residents with college degrees, low unemployment rate and low rate of residents receiving disability payments contributed to Canadian County’s high ranking.

  • More Oklahoma babies living to their first birthday, although infant mortality still high among minorities

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    More Oklahoma babies lived to their first birthday last year, with the state’s infant mortality rate declining to the lowest it has ever been. Public health officials announced Thursday that the state’s infant mortality rate — the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births — dropped from 8.6 in 2007 to 6.8 in 2013.

  • Mental Illness: Mother hopes, prays for her daughter's future

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Elizabeth is one of 7,500 people who will experience some period of homelessness in Oklahoma City this year. Many of them, like Elizabeth, struggle with a serious mental illness, unwilling to seek care and thus, left in a fluctuating state of sanity and delusion.

  • Enterovirus D68 is likely in Oklahoma, although state awaiting confirmation

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Health officials say that Enterovirus D68, a respiratory illness affecting children in multiple states, is likely active in Oklahoma, but they’re waiting on confirmation from federal officials.

  • Oklahoma doctor featured in documentary that examines science behind vaccinations

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Dr. Amy Middleman, adolescent medicine chief in the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine’s pediatrics department, is featured in an upcoming NOVA film, “Vaccines — Calling the Shots.”

  • What's it like: To have a C-section

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Oklahoma health officials have worked to end the practice of elective deliveries and inductions before a fetus reaches 39 weeks, and C-sections have declined in response.

  • Despite rain, Septemberfest is day of fun and family

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Even with the rain, families and Oklahomans enjoyed a day full of activities at the 18th Septemberfest on Saturday on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion and the Oklahoma History Center. Hosted by Gov. Mary Fallin and first gentleman Wade Christensen, Septemberfest is a free annual event.

  • Oklahoma has seventh-highest obesity rate in U.S., report shows

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    After decades of rising obesity rates among Oklahoma adults, the rate of increase is beginning to slow, but rates remain far too high and disparities persist.

  • Study: 34% of U.S. veterans who developed melanoma were also deployed to tropical climates

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Add “skin cancer” to the list of things that veterans have to worry about. According to this: Previous research has shown that 34 percent of US military veterans who developed melanoma had also been deployed to tropical climates. In comparison, only six percent of non-military melanoma patients had spent time in tropical climates. And a recent […]

  • Oklahomans wait an average of 24 minutes in ER before seeing a doctor

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Oklahomans wait less time on average in emergency rooms than residents in most other states, according to ProPublica’s ER Wait Watcher. Overall, residents wait an average of 24 minutes in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor. However, Oklahomans wait an average of 109 minutes in the ER being they are sent home, an […]




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:54 AM RT @GinnieGraham: Tulsa County was the largest contributor last year to OK No. 1 incarceration rate, at 18.4% of the total. #OKfemaleincarc…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:54 AM RT @GinnieGraham: Two-thirds of OK women in prison are there for nonviolent crimes #tulsamayorcommissiononthestatusofwimen
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:53 AM RT @benfelder_okg: Janet Barresi spoke her mind as superintendent and has no regrets, LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:45 AM @grantpwilson This has made me think a lot about AIDS in the 1980s and what it would have been like with the Internet/social media.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:44 AM @baileyhuntsman I saw this yesterday: LINK Didn't include it because I didn't have full journal article, but interesting
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:42 AM RT @B_Schmidt: Full feed of my live tweets from tonight's anti-Islam town hall: https://t.co/6yvL1jukxQ
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:53 AM Grindr, Craigslist and other online activity blamed for syphilis outbreak in Comanche County LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 09:10:43 PM CST @grantpwilson @stevelackmeyer @HealthyOklahoma Definitely. I didn't anticipate people to freak out this much, honestly.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 06:02:36 PM CST Re: syphilis outbreak -- The things I've had to Google today... #partylikeajournalist
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 04:58:21 PM CST “You hug them, and you’re going to break bones" -- Julie Walker, who lost her adult daughter to anorexia LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 04:28:14 PM CST 'Ebola is not airborne under non-medical situations' -- and other Ebola facts you should know LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 03:56:01 PM CST @joshumar Exactly. It's a big ol' continent.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 03:31:56 PM CST Dr. Bradley with @HealthyOklahoma says their fears are unwarranted. She points out that Ebola is in only a small portion of W. Africa.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 03:30:34 PM CST Woman says in @NewsOK Ebola chat that her family has asked them not to come to Thanksgiving because husband will be in Uganda for 2 weeks.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 03:22:49 PM CST Looks like @OKPolicy is tweeting from an interim study about health care. Interesting perspectives on uncompensated care.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 03:21:57 PM CST RT @OKPolicy: Whitaker: Norman Regional is losing $113M because the state refused the funds. Would make $111M back if the state expanded
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 03:20:15 PM CST RT @OKPolicy: Snyder: Hospital chains in expansion states are seeing uninsured rates drop significantly
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 03:16:00 PM CST RT @OKPolicy: We're sitting in on three interim studies on health, requested by Representatives Perryman, Virgin, Dorman & Hoskins
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 03:15:15 PM CST RT @OKPolicy: Grim: Tribes are 12% of state population, but 16% of Medicaid population
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 02:49:55 PM CST RT @KOSURadio: This month's #OKontap features a debate between @SteveRussellOK & @AlMcAffrey. Wed. 10/29 at 6pm at @picassocafe: LINK