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


  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Texas confirms first West Nile case of the season

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Texas has seen its first confirmed case of West Nile virus, while Oklahoma has yet to see any confirmed illness in its residents. The Texas Department of State Health Services confirmed Thursday the state’s first case of West Nile illness of the season. The agency is urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk […]

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in rate of painkillers prescribed

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in the nation for the rate that physicians prescribe several powerful painkillers to residents, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

  • Medicaid providers see almost 8 percent rate cut

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Members of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board voted unanimously Tuesday to cut provider rates by 7.75 percent, which will save the state of Oklahoma an estimated $48 million. But some worry it could impact care for patients.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin announces Insure Oklahoma extension

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    The Insure Oklahoma program has been granted a one-year extension, Gov. Mary Fallin announced.




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Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:32 PM I'm doing a project about free clinics. Looks like once you get into western Oklahoma, free clinics are hard to find: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:28 AM RT @grahambrewer: Anyone gone to a restaurant or coffee shop in Norman & had a bad experience with the taste of the water? Get at me: gbrew…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:22 AM So, I'll just have some water -- Is Diet Soda Making Us Fat? Ctd: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 7:57 AM RT @ClaraJeffery: Uber, but for more sleep.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 22 2014 11:16:05 PM CST Despite fifty years of improvements in infant mortality, large black-white gap remains unchanged LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 22 2014 09:30:15 PM CST @timekiller_s Glad to hear it!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 22 2014 01:01:50 PM CST Interesting example regarding domestic abuse in American Indian communities LINK Wonder how often that happens in Oklahoma
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Sep. 22 2014 11:29:19 AM CST Here's one way to quit your job: The campaign for legal cannabis wins another convert: LINK via @DishFeed
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Sep. 21 2014 10:20:29 PM CST @timekiller_s Whew! Fingers crossed for you. :)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Sep. 21 2014 06:20:05 PM CST Live coverage: Oklahoma City 'black mass,' protest coverage LINK via @NewsOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 20 2014 05:01:02 PM CST RT @charlesornstein: Health care is so maddening. @nytimeshealth: After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn't Know …
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 20 2014 05:00:30 PM CST RT @charlesornstein: If abortion is so dangerous, why did state's medical and hospital associations oppose TX restrictions, @RepAlvarado145…
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 20 2014 02:40:38 PM CST RT @RJ_Young: MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Where women walk around drinking straight from wine bottles at 3 in the afternoon.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 20 2014 10:17:26 AM CST “This is staggering,” Kalman said. “It’s clear Oklahoma is having a mental health crisis. Suicide is preventable.” LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 20 2014 09:43:00 AM CST Facing complaints of five patient overdose deaths, Oklahoma doctor surrenders license LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 01:49:34 PM CST @polyesterkama Maybe my eye will stop twitching...
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 01:09:45 PM CST I should probably stop drinking Diet Mountain Dew for real this time -- Study on diet soda drinkers, gut bacteria LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 12:57:08 PM CST @OCPDB11 Here's a story @Adam_WK wrote about the ranking: LINK