Jaclyn Cosgrove
Local News 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.


  • Free clinic: Homeless in OKC, man tries to find sobriety and stability

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    James Russell, 50, is an uninsured Oklahoma City resident who is homeless and in recovery from methamphetamine addiction.

  • 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 […]




Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 20 2014 10:23:17 PM CST @TheMichelleBui I've clearly put too much thought into this.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 20 2014 10:20:23 PM CST @TheMichelleBui A thought: What if the song is actually her lying, trying to make her life sound interesting cause she's actually miserable?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 20 2014 12:30:48 PM CST @DarnellMayberry Fingers crossed this will mean a vegan option or two. I wonder if this is an end to a deep-fried era...
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 20 2014 12:28:30 PM CST RT @emma_sandoe: Being a woman is sad. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 20 2014 12:28:27 PM CST @emma_sandoe What a pick-me-up.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 20 2014 12:26:36 PM CST @heyraney All that glitters is gold, just like you, Matthew.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 20 2014 11:12:51 AM CST Share this with a creative #Oklahoma high school student LINK Newsroom 101 applications due Dec. 1 #oklaed
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Nov. 20 2014 09:55:36 AM CST Rural Oklahoma high schoolers: You can apply for Newsroom 101, too. We're working on a mobile version of the class. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 19 2014 10:30:52 PM CST @TheMichelleBui There's nothing about that song that I find OK.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 19 2014 10:16:12 PM CST RT @oliverdarcy: .@BuzzFeedNews obtains immigration talking points @WhiteHouse sent to Dems on Capitol Hill: LINK http://…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 19 2014 05:09:38 PM CST This story runs next week in @TheOklahoman as part of our prescription drug abuse coverage: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 19 2014 03:18:22 PM CST @Ad2OKC and NAMI Oklahoma are doing a survey about mental health in Oklahoma: LINK Help 'em out if you have a minute
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 19 2014 03:16:25 PM CST "How do we fix the mental health system?" Discussion topic today in Oklahoma's Addiction and Mental Health Community https://t.co/sAg8QwLG7o
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 19 2014 12:29:29 PM CST “I don’t know what the future is going to hold for us. I don’t even know if he’s going to be alive tomorrow." LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 19 2014 11:26:02 AM CST I had fun this morning with Elvis and other horses. A good way to spend the morning. #horses… LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Nov. 19 2014 08:57:21 AM CST .@lisalrollins was passionate about her students and journalism: LINK I will miss her as a friend and SPJ board member.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 18 2014 11:21:49 PM CST RT @Tiffanyg89: Good read by @jaclyncosgrove -- Living successfully with schizophrenia: OKC woman finds recovery and shares hope LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 18 2014 04:16:06 PM CST RT @voxdotcom: Uber CEO calls journalism comments "terrible," but isn't firing the guy responsible LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 18 2014 04:13:07 PM CST RT @NewsOK: Living successfully with schizophrenia: Oklahoma City woman finds recovery and shares hope LINK via @jaclynco…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Nov. 18 2014 01:49:11 PM CST RT @OKmattcarney: Almost 44,000 children in Oklahoma are homeless, up from about 33,000 just a few years ago: LINK