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.

Top Stories


  • Special Care in Oklahoma City helps those with needs learn valuable life lessons

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Bri Johnson, 8, has learned many lessons about self-esteem, thanks in part to almost seven years that she has spent in programs at Special Care, an early childhood education center in Oklahoma City with specialized care and therapeutic services for children with and without special needs.

  • What's it like: To suffer sleep deprivation

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: A variety of life circumstances can cause a person to not sleep well. Sleep problems are one of the most common reasons someone might see a primary care doctor.

  • After more than a month, Oklahoma City VA hospital heart program still closed

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Since October, five heart patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center died within 30 days of their surgeries.

  • Oklahoma child protection team will disband due to lack of funding

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    After December, the services child abuse medical experts have provided in countless Oklahoma court cases will be limited because of a funding dilemma the OU College of Medicine’s pediatrics department is facing.

  • Hundreds of Oklahomans to receive care at free medical event

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Remote Area Medical Oklahoma will host its annual free medical care event August 16 and 17 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Hundreds of Oklahomans will wait hours in line for free dental, vision and limited medical care.

  • Without Medicaid expansion, many Oklahomans with mental health issues will go untreated, experts say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    An estimated 122,000 Oklahomans with mental health issues who would have qualified for Medicaid in Oklahoma if the program were expanded to include more low-income adults, according to a report from the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

  • What's it like: To suffer serious burns

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    If the burn is bigger than your palm, it’s generally recommended you see someone that day. And if the burn is life threatening, you should seek emergency medical attention.

  • Oklahoma researcher explains recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Joshua Ward, the director of scholar development and undergraduate research at Oklahoma State University, answered a few questions about the evolving Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

  • What's it like: To suffer a spider bite

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    The bites from black widow and brown recluse spiders can cause health problems.

  • Life beyond epilepsy: Oklahoma girl is seizure-free after brain surgery

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Hermoinee Lorett, 11, underwent an epilepsy surgery that, as best surgeons can tell, has changed her life. For most of her life, the Oklahoma girl has suffered seizures. Since the surgery, she has been seizure free.

  • Report finds 80 percent of Oklahomans served by public mental health system are unemployed

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness released the report Thursday, pointing out there are models for job programs for people with mental illness but they are often underfunded.

  • Officials confirm Oklahoma's first West Nile virus case of the year

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The state Health Department announced Thursday a case of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus was confirmed in Major County in northwest Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers move money used to pay for uncompensated trauma care from state fund

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    State health officials expressed concern Tuesday over money that was pulled from an account that pays for uncompensated trauma care delivered in Oklahoma. While planning out the state’s budget, policymakers moved $5 million from the state trauma care assistance revolving fund to help pay for appropriations for other agencies.

  • A few misconceptions about type 1 diabetes

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Kristin Ewing feels like she has at least 10 guardian angels. At 8, Ewing was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Ewing, 32, has had some bad lows and isn’t sure how she survived some of them. For example, shortly before moving to Oklahoma, Ewing suffered from high blood sugars that led to multiple seizures, which led […]

  • Diet changes lead to new life for Oklahoma City man with diabetes

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Brady Dixon, a 29-year-old Oklahoma City resident, was diagnosed with diabetes in August after a health screening at work. Dixon decided to be proactive and change his diet.

  • Police officer makes lifestyle change after losing friends in Oklahoma City bombing

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Steve Pistole, a retired Oklahoma City police officer, rethought how he wanted to live the rest of his life after seeing friends lose their lives in the Oklahoma City bombing. An active runner, Pistole did not expect to be diagnosed with diabetes.

  • Midwest City man changes lifestyle after diabetes diagnosis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Jess Huskey, a 58-year-old Midwest City resident, has lost 70 pounds since he was diagnosed with diabetes. Huskey, a Choctaw tribe member, might have been genetically predisposed to developing the disease.

  • After losing boyfriend to diabetes, Oklahoma woman raises awareness about seriousness of disease

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Craig Carter looked over at his girlfriend, Valerie Dye, as the two lawyers stood near where couples file for marriage at the courthouse. “Why don’t we step over there and pick up our marriage license?” he asked Dye. “That’s not a proposal,” she told him. It was a running joke between the couple, for Carter to suggest marriage and Dye to tell him he needed to make a real proposal. Finally, in late 2013, Carter told her to expect a real one. “I hate to ruin the surprise, but the next time I get you out of town, I’m proposing.” The couple soon planned to go to Eureka Springs, Ark., but about a week later, Carter suffered complications because of Type 2 diabetes and died at a Tulsa hospital.

  • An Oklahoma family learns how different Type 1 diabetes is from the more prevalent Type 2

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Over the past few years, Rebecca and Gary Dees’ children Brooke, 14, and Braden, 11, have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a lifelong disease in which there is a high level of sugar, or glucose, in the blood, according to the National Institutes of Health.

  • Woman donated body, hoping it would aid diabetes research

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    “Her legacy is that she donated her body to science so they could find our more about the disease so other folks wouldn’t have to go through what she went through.”




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:13 AM @AshleyReynolds @ChelseaRice Just passed the rickshaws in New Orleans and thought about our Denver adventure!
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Aug. 28 2014 01:18:31 PM CST RT @sarahkliff: Appears Pennsylvania will be the 27th state to expand Medicaid, could cover 281,000 people there. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 02:45:09 PM CST Tulsa County couple urges high court to hear same-sex marriage case LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 02:27:20 PM CST @skoraRunning I think she cheats, you know, having four legs and all.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 11:30:55 AM CST Locking up parents might be worse than previously thought for children's health, report shows LINK h/t @ReportingHealth
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 11:26:52 AM CST .@streuli is hosting a great discussion today about raising awareness regarding #mentalhealth. Join us: https://t.co/97fPE5DVEA
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 11:09:54 AM CST RT @marknyt: Officials: 'Cops' TV show crew member dies after being shot during Wendy's robbery LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 10:33:47 AM CST RT @CathJSweeney: OK ranked 44th for women's equality overall, 48th for female political representation via @GinnieGraham @tulsaworld http:…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 08:55:24 AM CST RT @AliceParkNY: Reminder for tomorrow 8-28 12p ET: I'll be moderating #MSChat about MS treatments w/experts from @AANPublic @MSSociety @Ha…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Aug. 27 2014 12:16:44 AM CST @aprilmerrill Thanks for talking with me about it!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Aug. 26 2014 09:37:51 PM CST RT @becca_colbaugh: Hank contemplating the meaning of #NationalDogDay. #frenchmastiff LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Aug. 26 2014 07:52:07 PM CST @skoraRunning She's my running coach ;) Runs faster than me!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Aug. 26 2014 07:51:38 PM CST @VeganNewOrleans What would you say are some of the best vegan options in the French Quarter?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Aug. 26 2014 05:47:59 PM CST Oh, it's #NationalDogDay? Well, in that case, it's time to get home and celebrate with a run with Maggie May. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Aug. 26 2014 05:38:08 PM CST Oklahoma health officials worry e-cigarettes may lead youth to cigarette smoking LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Aug. 26 2014 05:37:03 PM CST @brettallred @NewsOK Thank you! I really appreciate that :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Aug. 26 2014 04:05:11 PM CST @pandora_radio My Mumford and Sons station is pretty solid.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Aug. 26 2014 01:56:30 PM CST Oklahoma mental health conference helps families build connections across the state LINK