Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter

Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, medicine and fitness, among other things. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a news-editorial and broadcast production degree.



Outside of work, she enjoys riding her bike, taking pictures of abandoned buildings, having a blast with OKC Improv and trying not to kill her garden.

Top Stories


  • Integris to open mental health unit in response to closure at the Deaconess location in Bethany

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    Integris Health will renovate its Southwest Medical Center to include 26 mental health beds, in response to Deaconess Hospital closing its Bethany location, which had 57 mental health beds.

  • Too soon to know future of Midwest Regional's mental health beds

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    Mercy is in the preliminary stages of determining whether it will lease Midwest Regional Medical Center. It's too soon to know whether the hospital system will make any changes to Midwest Regional's mental health unit, which has 38 mental health beds.

  • What's it like: To develop hypothermia

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    During severe hypothermia, your body can build up toxins, which damage your organs and take a long time to recover. In extreme cases, people who suffer from hypothermia have extensive kidney damage and might have to start dialysis because their kidneys no longer function properly.

  • In Oklahoma, an estimated 19,830 people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014, the American Cancer Society says

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 5, 2014

    The American Cancer Society estimates that among the Oklahomans diagnosed, 3,320 will have lung cancers; 2,570 will have prostate cancers; 2,700 will have breast cancers; and 1,760 will have colon cancers.

  • Oklahoma teen birthrate is one of the highest in U.S.

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    Oklahoma's teen birthrates are among some of the highest in the nation, with Oklahoma's teen birthrate among 15- to 19-year-olds ranking second highest in the nation, according to an analysis by the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin talks Medicaid reform in State of the State address

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    It looks like Medicaid reform could be a likely topic in the coming legislative session.

  • Updates from the 2014 State of the State address

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin delivered the State of the State address Monday afternoon. Fallin discussed tax reform, the state pension plan, 'Obamacare,' and Oklahoma's education system. 

  • What's it like: To get breast implants

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Feb 2, 2014

    Why get breast implants? A woman might choose to get breast augmentation, or implants, for a variety of reasons. For one, a younger woman might seek out breast augmentation because she had one breast that did not develop fully, and it's difficult for her to wear clothing without a visibly noticeable difference. Other women might undergo breast augmentation because they want to increase their bust size. For example, a woman in her 20s might seek out the surgery once she has finished developing. Also, women in their 30s and older might want breast implants after having children and seeing their bodies change because of it. The average cost of breast augmentation surgery is $3,543.

  • Oklahoma woman helps find runaways

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Feb 1, 2014

    Darcie Scoon, a former jewelry saleswoman, is the Oklahoma state coordinator for the Center for Search and Investigations, a nonprofit organization that recruits private investigators to volunteer their time to find missing and runaway teenagers.

  • Five more Oklahomans die from flu

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    The toll for Oklahomans dying from the flu this season has hit 25.

  • Oklahoma nonprofit coalition works to improve state's health care system

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    Dr. David Kendrick helped create MyHealth Access Network, an Oklahoma nonprofit coalition of more than 200 organizations in northeastern Oklahoma, with a goal to improve health care quality and the health of residents while controlling costs.

  • Oklahoma's public umbilical cord blood bank is up and running

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    Oklahoma Blood Institute's cord blood bank is awaiting approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before the donations that it receives can be used to treat patients.

  • What's it like: To receive cochlear implants

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 26, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Cochlear implants differ from hearing aids in that they do not simply amplify sound. Instead, cochlear implants directly stimulate the auditory nerve.

  • Free Oklahoma care events help those who need dental work

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 26, 2014

    An estimated 58 percent of adult Oklahomans did not have their teeth cleaned in the past year. Dental organizations are working together to help change that.

  • More than 7,000 Oklahomans could lose mental health services, agency leaders warn

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Jan 22, 2014

    Oklahoma's mental health system faces a shrinking amount of federal dollars, putting further stress on the need for state dollars at a time when there isn't much money to go around.

  • What's It Like: To have a heart attack

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 19, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: What leads up to a heart attack is nothing that happens over night. It's a buildup over time, and a lot of times it can be prevented.

  • Oklahoma's public health lab is 'crumbling from the inside out'

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 19, 2014

    Oklahoma's public health lab has sat in the same building for more than 40 years. If the state does not build a new lab, it could lose accreditation and thus, not be able to provide thousands of tests to hospitals and county health departments throughout the state.

  • Did Oklahoma's mental health system fail a man charged in his mother's death?

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    Officials recently ordered a competency evaluation for Fred Hardeman, who has been in the Oklahoma County jail since June on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of his mother. Hardeman was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2010.

  • Oklahoma looks back at 50 years of fighting cigarette use

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 12, 2014

    On Jan. 11, 1964, Dr. Luther Terry, the U.S. Surgeon General, made history when he announced the first surgeon general's report on smoking and health, concluding in that report that smoking causes lung cancer.

  • Oklahoma Medicaid agency has yet to record applicants from HealthCare.gov

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Jan 11, 2014

    Almost 2,800 Oklahomans have been identified as eligible for a state Medicaid program through the federal health insurance marketplace, but it's unknown whether any of them have signed up for the program.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 07:28:46 PM CST RT @CoreyLambrecht: Norman PD #throwbackthursday LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 07:28:28 PM CST RT @KristiEaton: @joewertz @jaclyncosgrove would you believe that I just now got an email saying my records request is ready?! NOT EVEN KID…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 04:27:30 PM CST @law_ware Well, apparently you have several vegan options: @tamazulokc @RedCupOKC @WEDGEdeepDEUCE @Rococos @LoadedBowlTruck @picassocafe
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 04:25:27 PM CST @ProjectPlate I see what you did there.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 04:25:17 PM CST @LaGumboYaYa I mean, think of your favorite vegans when planning that menu ;)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 04:10:09 PM CST @law_ware So, how did your vegetarian Lent go?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 04:09:54 PM CST @WEDGEdeepDEUCE @cstric @ProjectPlate @wedgepizza You just made this vegan pizza lover's day.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:54:17 PM CST @pmonies I can't promote you putting pills in your nose.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:53:50 PM CST @cstric @ProjectPlate @wedgepizza Fancy! Both locations?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:48:59 PM CST RT @NickRiccardi: But atty for defense rightly warned us outside court that trying to read judges thru their questioning was a "dangerous g…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:48:54 PM CST RT @NickRiccardi: In sum from 10th circuit OK gay marriage case, Holmes, swing vote, doesn't show his cards but hints a bit he's open to ru…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:47:40 PM CST @pmonies I get mailed allergy drugs around this time of year, so I'll scatter them around your desk. Outside their casing, of course.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:46:27 PM CST @ProjectPlate I'm not sure what that means, but I'm intrigued.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:44:59 PM CST @ProjectPlate @cstric We usually go to Red Cup, Tamazul, Loaded Bowl and Picasso. Are we missing anyone?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:44:01 PM CST @PleaseStopGreg Have some pizza cake: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:41:13 PM CST @SilasAllen1 @okmattcarney @grahambrewer I am not endorsing this - Like It or Not, 'Pizza Cake' Could Soon Be a Thing LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:38:47 PM CST RT @kochcomm: Spring means one thing, patio/rooftop weather. Where is your favorite place to dine out and spend time on the patio or roofto…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:38:19 PM CST @kochcomm Definitely @tamazulokc @picassocafe @RedCupOKC and @iguanaokc -- and @LoadedBowlTruck @LaGumboYaYa if they're out and about!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 03:09:24 PM CST FYI: There's a support group that meets in OKC for Latino families of children with autism https://t.co/bIpa8MeQnP
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Apr. 17 2014 02:48:33 PM CST RT @charlesornstein: Amid good news, White House reminds us 5.7 million people will be uninsured in 2016 because 24 states have not expande…