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.


  • #TBT: 'Mental Hospital' shows life inside 1950s Oklahoma facility

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Meet Fred Clanton, an Oklahoman diagnosed with schizophrenia. Actually, Fred is a character in “Mental Hospital,” a film produced in 1953 that shows what life was like for patients in Oklahoma’s mental health institutions. From what I can gather, the film was produced by the University of Oklahoma for the Oklahoma State Department of Health and […]

  • Oklahoma man accused of damaging Ten Commandments monument struggles with mental illness, family says

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Family and friends of Michael Tate Reed II remember him as a bright man with a strong faith. Since he was a teenager, he wanted to be a preacher, and maybe even a traveling televangelist. But over the past two years, his family has seen his mental health suffer, with a list of events leading up to the evening of Oct. 23 when he crashed his car into the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building.

  • Ebola travel protocol created for Oklahoma County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Oklahoma County public health officials have put a protocol into place regarding how Oklahomans who travel to any of the three West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak will be monitored upon their return.

  • After more than four months, Oklahoma City VA reopens heart program

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Federal authorities grew concerned about the number of heart patients who died shortly after surgery at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.

  • Q&A: Physician assistants play important role in prescription drug addiction debate in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Dan McNeill, clinical professor at Oklahoma City University, is the president of the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants. He answered a few questions about the organization’s efforts to curb prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma.

  • What's it like: To have a planned home birth

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: When discussing whether to have a planned home birth, it’s important for families to research midwives or physicians they would like to use, interviewing prospective midwives to ensure they are comfortable with their levels of experience and practices.

  • Heart disease isn't decreasing as quickly in Oklahoma, compared to rest of nation

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    In the United States, heart disease mortality has decreased since the 1950s. However, these declines are not being seen in some Oklahoma counties.

  • First flu cases of the season confirmed in Oklahoma

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Health officials announced Thursday the first laboratory-confirmed cases of flu in Oklahoma. One case is in an Oklahoma County resident younger than 5, and the child was not hospitalized for influenza. The other case is a Tulsa County resident also younger than 5 who was hospitalized.

  • ‘Ebola’ a popular search term among Oklahomans

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Over the past three months, Oklahomans have searched Google for Ebola-related terms more frequently than residents in any other state.   The Oklahoma City metro region has had some of the highest amount of Ebola search activity in the state. Oddly enough, Goldsy, a town of about 2,000 people in McClain County, has a particularly […]

  • Grindr, Craigslist and other online activity blamed for syphilis outbreak in Comanche County

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    A syphilis outbreak in Comanche County has been fueled by iPhone apps and online websites that help users plan out anonymous hook-ups, Oklahoma public health officials say. Since July 28, nine people have tested positive for syphilis in Comanche County, a 300 percent increase in the usual number of cases of the sexually transmitted disease. The cases have primarily been among men who have sex with men, some of whom are married to women, and also among IV drug users.

  • Amid fears of Ebola, Oklahoma residents stay home from work, school

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Oklahoma passengers of a recent cruise are at “no risk” of contracting Ebola after sharing the ship with a Dallas healthcare worker who handled a laboratory specimen for an Ebola patient, health officials said Monday.

  • Ebola is not airborne; and other facts you should know

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Jaclyn Cosgrove and state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley chatted with readers Tuesday about the Ebola virus. Read an unedited transcript of the chat below. NewsOK 2:18 p.m. Hey everyone. We'll get started with our chat at 3 p.m., but you can start submitting your questions now. NewsOK 2:19 p.m. We'll be joined by state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley. Jaclyn Cosgrove 2:44 p.m. To access the state Health Department's Ebola page, visit this link: http://www.ok.gov/health/Or... Jaclyn Cosgrove 2:57 p.m. We will start the chat very soon.

  • Have questions about Ebola? Join us for a chat Tuesday

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Over the past few weeks, the fear and panic over Ebola has reached near hysteria, which some have dubbed “Fearbola.” If you have a question about Ebola, here’s your chance to ask an expert. Kristy Bradley, the state epidemiologist, will answer questions about Ebola during an online chat on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The chat will […]

  • Oklahoma mother hopes to start foundation to raise awareness about eating disorders

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Julie Walker, a Blanchard resident, has plans to start Joehdi’s Hope, a nonprofit organization in honor of her late daughter that will raise awareness and money to help people with eating disorders get treatment.

  • No Ebola risk to passengers on cruise ship with Dallas healthcare worker, officials say

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    There is no risk of contracting Ebola for passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship Magic with a Dallas healthcare worker, the state Health Department reported Monday afternoon. The announcement comes after school officials in a few central Oklahoma schools asked students and staff who were aboard the cruise ship to stay home out of an abundance […]

  • What's it like: To have tongue tie surgery

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: The lingual frenulum is a band of tissue that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. A tongue tie can occur when the frenulum is too short and thick.

  • Comedian Tig Notaro to perform Saturday in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    Stand-up comedian Tig Notaro will perform Saturday at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City. Tickets are available on TicketStorm.

  • Oklahomans with visual impairments raise awareness about white cane usage

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    About 40 Oklahomans met Wednesday in Bricktown to celebrate White Cane Safety Day. Vicky Golightly, secretary of the Heartland Council of the Blind, said the event helps the public realize that people who are blind or visually impaired are active in the community, working and raising families just like everyone else.

  • What's it like: To have a corneal transplant

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    A person might need a corneal transplant because he or she suffers from vision problems because of a thinning cornea. Another reason to get a corneal transplant would be because of scarring of the cornea from severe infections or injuries. Also, the only cure for people who suffer from Fuchs’ dystrophy — an eye disease that causes the cells lining the inner surface of the cornea to slowly start to die — is a corneal transplant.

  • Oklahoma health leaders lay out protocol for potential Ebola cases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Officials say patients have been evaluated, but Oklahoma has no cases of Ebola.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 2:13 PM RT @NewsOK: #AddictedOklahoma: Oklahoma City mother mourns daughter lost to overdose LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:16 PM RT @okcbuck: Don't ignore the issue: Let’s find a solution for our state's prescription drug abuse problem #AddictedOklahoma LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:16 PM RT @AdvanceRecovery: Let’s find solutions for #Oklahoma's #prescription #DrugAbuse problem #AddictedOklahoma LINK #painki…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:15 PM RT @NewsOK: #AddictedOklahoma: A look at our state's prescription drug abuse problem: LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:15 PM RT @NewsOK: #AddictedOklahoma: Problem prescribers help fuel deadly epidemic LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:00 PM Let’s find a solution for our state's prescription drug abuse problem #AddictedOklahoma LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:53 AM RT @NewsOK: WATCH LIVE: #OU president Boren announces results of SAE fraternity investigation LINK #Sooners LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:53 AM RT @NewsOK: Oklahoma Health Department: Measles case in Stillwater LINK #okhealth
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 12:24:21 PM CST After severe weather, it's important for Oklahomans to seek help for trauma LINK #okwx
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 10:29:56 AM CST RT @YourHistoryPics: Taking an X-Ray Exam, 1940 LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 10:28:02 AM CST RT @MikeLHoang: We got to grab coffee with the editor of @TheOklahoman in their new building! LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 09:32:31 AM CST @LucasRoss Wait, that's real?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 09:28:52 AM CST RT @Rusty_Coyote: Yes I'm #Deafblind, that's always a part of me, but it shouldn't be how you see me or define me. #disability #awareness
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 09:28:26 AM CST RT @DMSlipke: Gov. Fallin has arrived and is greeting people. Debris is strewn across the lawn around Southgate Elementary.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 09:28:13 AM CST RT @DMSlipke: Helicopter flying overhead in Moore. Downed tree limbs and debris in yards. People are working to pick up the pieces from las…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Mar. 26 2015 09:03:30 AM CST Follow @NewsOK's @DMSlipke for updates. "MT: @Waiting for Gov. Mary Fallin's press conference in Moore.” #okwx
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Mar. 25 2015 09:52:11 PM CST RT @philsnews: If anyone has experience removing trees from homes or would like to donate repair work for Gayle we can put you in touch wit…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:57:36 PM CST .@NewsOKPhoto That photo of the BOK Center and the tornado -- fake? I assumed it was fake.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:56:02 PM CST RT @Mister_Sommer: PTSD is real after these storms, folks. If you need to talk to somebody, please do. We've been through a lot in past yea…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:15:34 PM CST RT @fancybuffalo: #Firefighters carrying children from tornado-destroyed gymnastics studio in West #Tulsa. All 60 ppl are SAFE. #okwx http:…

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