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.


  • Oklahoma's flu toll rises

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Sixteen more Oklahomans were confirmed Thursday to have died from the flu, with 100 more hospitalized because of the illness. This season’s numbers are more than double what was seen at the same time last season.

  • Oklahoma City-based scientist fired after investigation shows he made up research, report finds

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    This past week, Bin Kang was formally sanctioned through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity for knowingly falsifying and fabricating research. He was fired from OMRF in December after the organization’s investigation, in coordination with the Office of Research Integrity, revealed the altered images.

  • Oklahoma Academy addresses poor overall health of state

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Leaders of the Oklahoma Academy gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City to present town hall recommendations to address Oklahoma’s poor overall health.

  • The watery eyes of Texas are upon us in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Recent weather has pushed cedar pollen from Texas up into Oklahoma, causing some residents to suffer from “cedar fever,” which includes sneezing, runny nose, difficulty breathing and itchy, red eyes.

  • Flu Q&A: Why does the vaccine change each year?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    A look at how the flu shot is created every year and why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year’s vaccine hasn’t been very effective.

  • Oklahoma Medical Board refuses to reinstate a physician assistant's license in prescription drug deaths case

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma Medical Board voted unanimously not to reinstate the medical license of Michael E. Hume, a physician assistant who practiced under Dr. William Valuck, a doctor in prison for eight counts of murder, in deaths of patients to whom prosecutors said he over-prescribed potent painkillers and other drugs.

  • Nine new flu deaths reported in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Since late September, 31 Oklahomans have died because of the flu, 23 of whom were 65 or older.

  • Oklahoma board hears plan to expand health care coverage

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    A state Board of Health member asked his fellow board members Tuesday to endorse a plan that would use federal Medicaid expansion dollars for an alternative plan to increase health insurance coverage options for low-income Oklahomans.

  • Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma cannot continue to be worst in the nation in health

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

      In her inauguration address, Gov. Mary Fallin said there are three areas that Oklahoma must resolve to make a priority: educational attainment, over-incarceration and health. Oklahoma’s health has long been failing. For the past several years, Oklahoma has ranked among the worst in the nation for high rates of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and a long list […]

  • Oklahoma City doctors begin to offer house calls — again

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Although home health nurses and some nurse practitioners regularly provide health care in patients’ homes, most physicians don’t offer that service to patients. However, that seems to be changing, at least for patients in the most need of the service.

  • Oklahoma man who struck down Ten Commandments monument heads home from hospital, the same day the monument is replaced at Capitol

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove and Rick M. Green, Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Michael Tate Reed II, the man who mowed down with his car the controversial Ten Commandments monument at Oklahoma’s Capitol, headed home Thursday and has been told to seek outpatient mental health treatment. A new Ten Commandments monument was erected Thursday, reigniting debate over whether the monument should be placed at the Capitol.

  • At least 22 Oklahomans have died from the flu, up from nine deaths last week

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    The number of Oklahomans confirmed dead because of the flu has climbed to 22 residents, up from nine deaths last week, the state Health Department reported Thursday.

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 11 in alcohol poisoning deaths

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Oklahoma saw an average of 37 residents die from alcohol poisoning per year from 2010-12, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study shows.

  • Families remember the lives of loved ones who struggled with mental illness

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of mental illness in the U.S., and with that comes many residents who struggle to find relief from their symptoms.

  • Three more Oklahomans die from the flu

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Hospitalizations reach 517 — double the number reported previous week

  • Oklahoma City woman grateful for winter heating bill payment program

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    This year, Oklahoma received about $8 million for the low-income winter heating bill program. The state Department of Human Services, which administers the program, started accepting applications Dec. 9.

  • Ebola, Obamacare and prescription drug abuse: Top health headlines of 2014

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    This year was one of the busiest 12 months of contagions in at least a decade. In the United States, infectious disease menaces seemingly whizzed at Oklahomans from every direction, from Ebola and enterovirus to measles and MERS. From Oct. 1 to late November, the state Health Department fielded about 450 general public calls related to Ebola.

  • What was the biggest Oklahoma health story of 2014?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    Oklahoma health leaders answer what they feel was the biggest health-related story this past year.

  • Pony rider at Oklahoma City's Remington Park finds larger sense of purpose in life with horses

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer ∙ jcosgrove@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Laura Daily, an accomplished barrel racer and a pony rider at Oklahoma City’s Remington Park, said she lives today with a larger sense of purpose after losing her mother and her memories of her mother in an 1979 accident.

  • County and state health officials promote flu shots in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Since late September, six Oklahomans have died from the flu. So far this year, seasonal influenza A H3N2 viruses have been most common, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There often are more severe flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths during seasons when these viruses are most common, according to the CDC.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 3:50 PM Living room of the Easter family in Cache. Katey Easter, 67, was inside in four-foot rising floodwaters. #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 3:36 PM This is Yaffo, a 7-year-old German Shepherd, who spent about three hours on the roof with his family in Cache. #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 2:58 PM Upside-down truck near West Cache Creek. It belongs to a man who lives nearby. #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 2:38 PM Sheila Samples has lived in home near West Cache Creek for 28 years. "It was four hours of being alone with nothing but a flashlight." #okwx
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:38 PM Medicine Park Police Chief Tom Adrahtas says he is concerned about what will happen if there's more rain. Unknown # of homes water damaged.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:10 PM RT @sarahcphipps: Eddie valdez takes pictures of a overflowing Medicine creek. #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 1:03 PM LIVE on #Periscope: Oklahoma flooding: Dam flowing near Medicine Park https://t.co/0u2RrCYSJo
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:39 PM This is near the Medicine Park trout area, by the dam. Residents haven't seen it like this in a long time. #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:34 PM @MyJRNY No problem! My tweet was elusive ;-)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:29 PM Nope. #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:26 PM Medicine Creek in Medicine Park is more than flowing. Residents are getting ready for a music festival at 3. #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:18 PM Lots of water flowing through Medicine Creek in Medicine Park. cc: @NewsOK #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:58 AM .@sarahcphipps and I are getting closer to Lawton. #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:37 AM @cantevenlaugh @NewsOK @sarahcphipps thank you! We will keep you posted :-)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:36 AM RT @MontgomeryOK62: @jaclyncosgrove @NewsOK @sarahcphipps be careful inside of Lawton. Main roads Gore, Lee, Rogers Lane shutdown for East …
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:36 AM RT @MontgomeryOK62: @jaclyncosgrove @NewsOK @sarahcphipps this is I-44 E side of Lawton. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:53 AM @cantevenlaugh @NewsOK @sarahcphipps Thanks for the tip!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:38 AM .@sarahcphipps and I are headed to Comanche County for @NewsOK. Suggestions welcome from residents on places experiencing floods. Thank you!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:26 AM Here we go again, #OKC. #okwx LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 8:41 AM Great job, @SilasAllen1. https://t.co/ELjYNFkOGQ

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