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


  • Most doctors won't tell you that you drink too much

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Jan 7, 2014

    It’s apparently unlikely that you’ll get an intervention from your doctor about your drinking habits.

  • Oklahoma gets a "D" in reproductive health report

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Tue, Jan 7, 2014

    Oklahoma received a “D” in a report on reproductive health and rights released today via The Population Institute.

  • 'Obamacare' fixes were 'unlawful,' Scott Pruitt tells panel

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Jan 6, 2014

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was TheBlaze on Friday talking about the letter that he and 10 other state attorney generals sent to Kathleen Sebelius outlining their issues with the changes that the administration has made to the Affordable Care Act after the law passed.

  • As health care coverage begins, kinks pop up

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Jan 4, 2014

    Health insurance coverage began Wednesday for some Oklahomans who have enrolled for private health insurance plans through the federal marketplace. But that doesn't mean there haven't been setbacks.

  • Young Oklahoma City woman's cancer brings 'bizarre' blessings — and so many reasons to believe

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 29, 2013

    Lorelei Decker always knew death was a possibility — but for several months, she had experienced a life she never dreamed cancer would bring. A family that loves her, mixed with a community that supported her, and an NBA team that inspired her. She had become Oklahoma City's favorite Thunder girl, all because of the bizarre blessing that cancer had been. Decker beat the odds over and over again, telling doctors to believe in miracles.

  • Find the joy in today, Alzheimer's advocate says

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 15, 2013

    Ron Grant, 61, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about six years ago. Since then, he has determined he can't ‘win' against the disease, but he can control how he responds to what the disease does to him.

  • What's it like: To start a yoga routine

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 15, 2013

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Yoga can help you improve your flexibility. It can also build your muscle strength and improve posture. And it might also improve your stress levels and give you an overall feeling of wellness.

  • At 34, a father thinks over his future with Alzheimer's

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 15, 2013

    Michelle Whitney knew in her heart that her husband would be OK. The doctors would take his blood, run the genetic tests and tell Brent Whitney that his future didn't hold the same demise that his father met. Her heart was wrong. “I'd like to think for me and Brent being a younger couple, we will be together forever,” Michelle said. “It's just that forever isn't going to last as long as we'd like it to.” Like his father, Brent Whitney has a gene mutation that almost guarantees he will develop early-onset Alzheimer's. Doctors say Brent will likely develop the disease around the same time his dad did — at 48 or 50. Brent is 34. Running through generations Growing up in Grove, Brent's

  • With hospital's closure, Oklahoma County will have almost 60 fewer psychiatric beds

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Dec 14, 2013

    Oklahoma City-based Deaconess Hospital plans to close its Bethany location, which includes the closure of its psychiatric unit.

  • Sound smart at parties: The health news you missed this week

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Sat, Dec 14, 2013

    As you head out to enjoy your Saturday evening, take a quick glance at what happened this past week.

  • Interactive: Understanding the health insurance marketplace

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE and TODD PENDLETON | Updated: Thu, Dec 12, 2013

    Starting Jan. 1, hundreds of Oklahomans will have health insurance coverage after buying it through the federal health insurance marketplace. The marketplace was created through the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." Here's an interactive that explains how the marketplace works and how many Oklahomans might end up using it.

  • Obamacare enrollment climbs in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 11, 2013

    More Oklahomans are selecting health insurance plans since October through the federally run marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

  • Oklahoma Health Board discusses next fiscal year

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    The Oklahoma Health Department likely will see a flat budget “at best” when the Legislature approves its budget for the next fiscal year, the state's health commissioner said Thursday.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 44 in overall health

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Dec 10, 2013

    Oklahoma saw an improvement in its national ranking, despite changes in methodology in how a national report on health is calculated.

  • What's it like: To get a sleeve gastrectomy

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 8, 2013

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Sleeve gastrectomy is a type of weight-loss surgery.

  • New Mexico governor wants to recruit Oklahoma's nurse practitioners

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sun, Dec 1, 2013

    New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez seeks to recruit Oklahoma's nurse practitioners. Unlike Oklahoma, New Mexico allows nurse practitioners to practice with “full authority,” not requiring them to have a physician sign off on care in order for them to have prescriptive authority.

  • What's it like: To get the flu

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 1, 2013

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: Oklahoma's flu season generally runs from mid-November to May, with the number of people catching the flu peaking in January or February.

  • St. Anthony partners with company to post prices online

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 30, 2013

    Finding out how much a medical service will cost is usually not an easy task. But St. Anthony Hospital has recently started contracting with MDSave, a company that posts hospital system and health care professionals' prices online.

  • Medical technology has given preemies better chance to live

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Thu, Nov 28, 2013

    When Cerenity Easter was born at 25 weeks and six days, she weighed about three pounds. But the feisty little girl, despite spending most of her life in a neonatal intensive care unit, has a better chance to survive today than ever before due to improvements in technology and medicine.

  • Q&A: Health commissioner says it's too soon to say e-cigarettes are safe

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Nov 27, 2013

    Although electronic cigarettes continue to grow in popularity, public health officials argue the jury is still out on their safety.




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Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Apr. 15 2014 11:20:24 PM CST RT @maddie_eliza: Twitter: Where I read conversations between people I don't know and pretend it isn't awkward.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Apr. 15 2014 05:06:48 PM CST @OKRoserock @jennyheinrichs @ashleydsellers @ThisLandYoga That's how I do yoga.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Apr. 15 2014 05:05:45 PM CST RT @B_Schmidt: Poll: How much time did your schools spend enforcing girls’ dress code vs. teaching consent as it relates to sex?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Apr. 15 2014 01:41:56 PM CST I sit by the TV at work, and I cannot keep up with the number of court shows that are on daytime television. So people watch these?
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Sun, Apr. 13 2014 03:48:01 PM CST "Everyone loves a good hail storm" -- said no one ever. #okwx
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Apr. 12 2014 01:14:35 PM CST RT @TheTweetOfGod: Instagram is working again. Please resume your staggering visual egotism.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Apr. 12 2014 01:14:24 PM CST @JenniCarlson_OK @Tiffanyg89 I thought it was interesting, but I had no concept of what draft day was or how it worked. Interesting, though!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Apr. 12 2014 08:30:10 AM CST RT @RobertDowneyJr: Loving all the love, folks. It's been a blast. Though can somebody please explain how anyone can keep their thoughts to…