• Locking up parents may be worse than previously thought for children's health, report shows

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The ripple effects of locking up parents might be even worse than previously thought, at least in regards to children’s health, freelance journalist Ryan White reports on his “Children’s Health Matters” blog. White writes about a study that shows that “parental incarceration is independently associated with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavioral or […]

  • How other states are implementing Medicaid changes for former foster youth

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    In the midst of writing a story about former foster youth eligible for Medicaid, I called around to find out what other states were doing. In Oklahoma, an estimated 2,300 former foster youth are now eligible to remain on the state’s Medicaid program until age 26. However, only a fraction has signed up since Jan. 1, in part, […]

  • Ice Bucket Challenge - wisdom teeth = THE BEST ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE VIDEO EVER

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    YouTuber m3gtr0n decided it’d be a great idea to record herself doing the ice bucket challenge an hour after having her wisdom teeth removed. And it’s the funniest darn thing I’ve seen all week. It’s also the best ice bucket challenge video out there. Have a look: Instant replay:

  • LOL: Watch GOP Sen. John McCain do the robot at a Hamptons party

    Richard Hall | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    The Roots and Jamie Foxx were performing for some Republican dignitaries, and former Republican presidential hopeful John McCain decided he wanted a piece of that. So, he got up on stage and did the only thing he could: The robot.

  • Blogger: '10 Types Of Moms That Suck'

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Single mother/blogger Brianne McDonald wrote an interesting post called “10 Types Of Moms That Suck,” and it’s been gaining traction since April. It’s a pretty straight-forward post: McDonald compiled a list of the type of moms she doesn’t think highly of and gave her reasons. She kicked off the post with this: I’m not sure […]

  • A few misconceptions about type 1 diabetes

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Kristin Ewing feels like she has at least 10 guardian angels. At 8, Ewing was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Ewing, 32, has had some bad lows and isn’t sure how she survived some of them. For example, shortly before moving to Oklahoma, Ewing suffered from high blood sugars that led to multiple seizures, which led […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • OMG: President Obama did something horrible yesterday

    Richard Hall | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Love him or hate him, we can all agree President Barack Obama broke a serious, serious rule, as captured in this photograph: Pres Obama orders his burrito bowl at a Chipotle today before lunch w participants in the working families summit. pic.twitter.com/eVXgeYlYDe — petesouza (@petesouza) June 24, 2014 Do you see? DO YOU SEE?! Obama […]

  • What this guy's little sister did will melt your heart

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    (And how ’bout that headline, yeah?!)

  • Diabetes in Oklahoma: What's your story?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Oklahoma has some of the highest rates of diabetes in the nation. Each day, thousands of Oklahomans and their families, friends and communities work to manage this disease that can come with a host of complications. I am writing a few stories about diabetes and want to hear how diabetes has affected you or your family. To […]

  • WATCH: The best anti-texting-and-driving PSA ever?

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    New and veteran drivers alike are constantly reminded to not text and drive, whether it’s by family members, billboards or other public service announcements. This PSA from Volkswagen has to be one of the most effective PSAs yet: Let’s be real here: Nearly everyone and their mom texts while driving, but that doesn’t make it […]

  • Oklahoma ranks No. 47 in senior health

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    In Oklahoma, almost 60 percent of seniors with an income greater than $75,000 report their health is “very good or excellent.” Meanwhile, only about 24 percent of seniors with an income less than $25,000 report the same. That’s one of the health disparities pointed out in the United Health Foundation’s 2014 senior health report. Overall, Oklahoma […]

  • Join the conversation around mental health and addiction in Oklahoma

    jcosgrove | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    Almost two months ago, The Oklahoman published a series of stories about Oklahoma’s prescription drug abuse epidemic. At that same time, we launched the Facebook group Oklahoma’s Addiction and Mental Health Community. The goal of this group is to provide a space to have civil and productive conversations about two of the most pressing issues […]

  • Vegetarians, vegans be warned: E. coli outbreak in hummus, walnuts and dips

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Earlier this week a ground beef recall weighing in at 1.8 million pounds happened due to some nasty E. coli. Now that recall is about to gain some weight thanks to contaminated hummus, walnuts and other dips. CNN reports folks in Idaho and Washington have gotten sick from eating raw clover sprouts, and walnuts sold […]

  • WATCH: WWE, Daniel Bryan honor Connor the Crusher, a young fan who died

    Richard Hall | Published: Wed, May 7, 2014

    In 2012, 7-year-old Connor Michalek, who suffered from pediatric brain cancer, had his dream come true when he met his favorite WWE wrestler, Daniel Bryan. This past April, Connor — who went by Connor the Crusher — spent time backstage with the WWE roster, and even a little time in the ring where he took out company Executive Vice President Paul Levesque, also known as Triple H.

  • WATCH: This inspiring video will move you to tears, and you'll like it

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, May 1, 2014

    I’d give you a head’s up of what to expect from this extremely moving and inspiration Powerade commercial, but then I’d ruin the big reveal that happens just seconds into the video. Just know that it’s part of the company’s #PowerThrough campaign, and features an exceptional young man named Nico Calabria who is following his dream despite the hurdles he faces: Once I saw it I couldn’t help but ask myself: What’s my excuse?

  • Oregon: Powered by aborted fetus tissue?

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    What if you found out you got your electricity from the burning of tissue from aborted fetuses? Apparently that’s happening in Oregon right now. And once the Marion County Commission in Oregon realized what was going on, they worked quickly to put a stop to it.