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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Report: Oklahoma is too drunk to drive

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    In a recent nationwide survey, Oklahomans reported the third highest average blood alcohol content levels. Overall, Oklahomans who used BACtrack, a mobile breathalyzer, reported an average BAC of .096 percent, which is above the legal limit and was one of the highest reported averages BACs in the U.S. Data used in the BACtrack Consumption Report was collected from users with […]

  • Where's the hardest place to live in Oklahoma?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Southeast Oklahoma is one of the hardest regions to live in the nation, according to an analysis by the New York Times. Overall, McCurtain County got the worst ranking among Oklahoma counties, ranking No. 2,890 out of 3,135 counties nationwide. McCurtain County’s ranking was based, in part, on its unemployment rate of almost 9 percent and its low […]

  • Oklahoma has almost 33,000 adults diagnosed with untreated severe bipolar disorder

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Sun, Jun 29, 2014

    Oklahoma has almost 33,000 adults diagnosed with untreated severe bipolar disorder, according to data recently published by the Treatment Advocacy Center. Additionally, the state has about 12,700 adults diagnosed with untreated schizophrenia. As the Treatment Advocacy Center points out: Individuals with untreated schizophrenia or severe bipolar disorder are the most at-risk populations for a host […]

  • Second chikungunya case confirmed in Tulsa County resident

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    A Tulsa County resident who went to the Caribbean for a mission trip was confirmed to have chikungunya virus this week, marking the second confirmed case in Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma Health Care Authority board leaders make tough choices over where to cut Medicaid services for some of the poorest residents

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    During a standing-room only meeting, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board voted Thursday on several changes, including changes in mental health services and increases in co-payments, that will affect some of Oklahoma’s poorest residents.

  • Oklahoma mental health providers protest proposed Medicaid changes

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    A group calling itself the “mental health militia” started their protest at noon Monday outside a children’s behavioral conference in Norman, which was hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

  • VA heart program in Oklahoma City temporarily closed after five deaths since October

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Five patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center have died since October within 30 days of their surgeries, prompting the temporary closure of the hospital’s heart surgery program until a federal review is complete.

  • Oklahoma Vietnam veteran with cancer asks why VA won't cover his care

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    Vietnam veteran Ken Jolley’s family has focused on fundraising for Jolley’s treatment after the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center denied paying for a non-VA clinical trial that Jolley argues is his only shot left at survival.

  • What's it like: To suffer a heatstroke

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    Heatstroke can follow heat cramps or heat exhaustion. Some of the first signs might include fainting, a throbbing headache, dizziness or a lack of sweating. When you stop sweating, that can mean that your body’s regulation system has shut down, and you can no longer cool yourself.

  • Oklahoma City-area dental and eye professionals needed as volunteers for free health care event

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Remote Area Medical Oklahoma will host its annual free medical care event in August at Oklahoma City’s State Fair Park and is seeking dental and eye professionals, including dentists and optometrists, who will volunteer their time to serve hundreds of Oklahomans in need of medical care.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 31 2014 12:13:41 PM CST @TrynKeepUp @SkinnyImprovOKC Thank you so much! And thank you for coming!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 31 2014 11:47:26 AM CST RT @tulsaworld: UPDATE: Officials say Tulsa hospital patient with fever has malaria, not #Ebola LINK #okhealth
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 10:22:37 PM CST RT @tulsaworld: RT @samanthavicent: Spokeswoman confirmed patient is on site at OSU Med Ctr but didn't elaborate; "We don't know" if it's a…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 10:22:34 PM CST RT @tulsaworld: RT @samanthavicent: At OSU Med Ctr, where the low-risk Ebola patient is. PR spokesperson will talk in a bit. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 10:22:33 PM CST RT @tulsaworld: BREAKING: Tulsa Health Department monitoring recent traveler for Ebola virus - LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 05:17:21 PM CST Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, but many don't know how to respond to help a loved one LINK via @jeaninedok
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 03:32:29 PM CST RT @MarkelleMar10: I want this retweeted & favored #Pokes. One my students is a huge #okstate fan. The two of them bring so much energy htt…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 03:15:35 PM CST @joewertz @TheRobVera He's a doctor at @MercyOklahoma who is also an engineer, I think. It has been a while.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 03:13:33 PM CST @joewertz @TheRobVera I know one but can't think of his name. @yourfamilydoc might know someone.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 03:11:15 PM CST As someone who grew up on a goat farm with Great Pyrenees dogs, I have a special place in my heart for @OttoTheGreatP and @hefner_goats.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 03:09:36 PM CST RT @WILLIAMCRUM: Oklahoma City officials think the Hefner Goats guard dog, @OttoTheGreatP has been found safe. #OKC
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 03:08:28 PM CST RT @TheRoot: When they asked not to be called African-American, the teacher went with the N-word: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 12:18:30 PM CST RT @Tiffanyg89: Here's live coverage of the Stillwater presser about Wednesday's homicide: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 12:09:05 PM CST Reminder: There's no risk of Ebola among returning travelers from African countries not affected by outbreak LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 30 2014 08:56:13 AM CST Interesting perspective on porn addiction shared in Oklahoma's Addiction and Mental Health Community: https://t.co/wmyc1XqpWL Join us!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Oct. 29 2014 09:58:38 PM CST RT @VapeCrusaderOk: @okchealth @NewsOK @jaclyncosgrove Does it matter to you that the research finds nothing of the sort?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Oct. 29 2014 09:58:33 PM CST RT @okchealth: Today from @NewsOK: E-cigarette use by youths doubles their chance of moving to conventional cigarettes. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Oct. 29 2014 09:58:17 PM CST .@serial is the @OITNB of my ears i.e. I'm listening all at once and can't stop. How did I wait this long? Great stuff.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 28 2014 04:56:44 PM CST @OKmattcarney Good. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 28 2014 04:01:34 PM CST @OKmattcarney You don't want to know what I've dumped on your chair. #PuttingTheFunInSuperFundSite