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.

Top Stories


  • What's it like: To contract sepsis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    A person with an infection might develop a serious medical condition called sepsis, where the body overreacts to fighting that infection. There is no “cure” for sepsis or septic shock, and death rates often are high.

  • Facing complaints of five patient overdose deaths, Oklahoma doctor surrenders license

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    On Thursday, Dr. Glenn Stow surrendered his medical license, facing a complaint from the Oklahoma Medical Board that the drugs he prescribed were, at least, partially responsible for the overdose deaths of five patients, including a woman who was 32 weeks pregnant.

  • Respiratory illness enterovirus D68 confirmed in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma Health Department confirmed that a respiratory illness known as enterovirus D68 is circulating in Oklahoma.

  • What's it like: To develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Millions of Americans became familiar with ALS this past summer when hundreds of thousands of people participated in the “ice bucket challenge,” which went viral and helped raise millions of dollars for ALS organizations.

  • What's your pressure point? Survey asks Oklahomans what causes them stress

    BY DIANA BALDWIN, JACLYN COSGROVE, TIFFANY GIBSON, ADAM KEMP and K.S. MCNUTT | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Money, retirement, tuition, earthquakes and social media are among the things that cause them stress, Oklahomans tell reporters during a recent survey.

  • Canadian County ranked one of the state's “least difficult” places to live

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    High median household income, high percentage of residents with college degrees, low unemployment rate and low rate of residents receiving disability payments contributed to Canadian County’s high ranking.

  • More Oklahoma babies living to their first birthday, although infant mortality still high among minorities

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    More Oklahoma babies lived to their first birthday last year, with the state’s infant mortality rate declining to the lowest it has ever been. Public health officials announced Thursday that the state’s infant mortality rate — the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births — dropped from 8.6 in 2007 to 6.8 in 2013.

  • Mental Illness: Mother hopes, prays for her daughter's future

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Elizabeth is one of 7,500 people who will experience some period of homelessness in Oklahoma City this year. Many of them, like Elizabeth, struggle with a serious mental illness, unwilling to seek care and thus, left in a fluctuating state of sanity and delusion.

  • Enterovirus D68 is likely in Oklahoma, although state awaiting confirmation

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Health officials say that Enterovirus D68, a respiratory illness affecting children in multiple states, is likely active in Oklahoma, but they’re waiting on confirmation from federal officials.

  • Oklahoma doctor featured in documentary that examines science behind vaccinations

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Dr. Amy Middleman, adolescent medicine chief in the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine’s pediatrics department, is featured in an upcoming NOVA film, “Vaccines — Calling the Shots.”

  • What's it like: To have a C-section

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Oklahoma health officials have worked to end the practice of elective deliveries and inductions before a fetus reaches 39 weeks, and C-sections have declined in response.

  • Despite rain, Septemberfest is day of fun and family

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Even with the rain, families and Oklahomans enjoyed a day full of activities at the 18th Septemberfest on Saturday on the grounds of the Governor’s Mansion and the Oklahoma History Center. Hosted by Gov. Mary Fallin and first gentleman Wade Christensen, Septemberfest is a free annual event.

  • Oklahoma has seventh-highest obesity rate in U.S., report shows

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    After decades of rising obesity rates among Oklahoma adults, the rate of increase is beginning to slow, but rates remain far too high and disparities persist.

  • Study: 34% of U.S. veterans who developed melanoma were also deployed to tropical climates

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Add “skin cancer” to the list of things that veterans have to worry about. According to this: Previous research has shown that 34 percent of US military veterans who developed melanoma had also been deployed to tropical climates. In comparison, only six percent of non-military melanoma patients had spent time in tropical climates. And a recent […]

  • Oklahomans wait an average of 24 minutes in ER before seeing a doctor

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Oklahomans wait less time on average in emergency rooms than residents in most other states, according to ProPublica’s ER Wait Watcher. Overall, residents wait an average of 24 minutes in the emergency room before being seen by a doctor. However, Oklahomans wait an average of 109 minutes in the ER being they are sent home, an […]

  • 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 […]

  • Oklahoma health officials worry e-cigarettes may lead youth to cigarette smoking

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found youths who have used e-cigarettes are almost twice as likely to intend to smoke conventional cigarettes.

  • 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, […]

  • Glitches delay Medicaid enrollment for former foster kids in Oklahoma

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    An estimated 2,300 former foster youth are eligible to remain on the state’s Medicaid program until age 26, although some will have coverage through other means and not need the state plan. That change in eligibility is thanks to a provision of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, that expanded the Medicaid program to allow young people who were in foster care when they turned 18 to remain on the state health insurance coverage plan until age 26.

  • American Cancer Society report says Oklahoma lags behind in combating cancer, providing care

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    Despite Oklahoma’s measures to fight cancer, the state got poor marks in a national report released Thursday from American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 20 2014 05:01:02 PM CST RT @charlesornstein: Health care is so maddening. @nytimeshealth: After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn't Know …
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 20 2014 05:00:30 PM CST RT @charlesornstein: If abortion is so dangerous, why did state's medical and hospital associations oppose TX restrictions, @RepAlvarado145…
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 20 2014 02:40:38 PM CST RT @RJ_Young: MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Where women walk around drinking straight from wine bottles at 3 in the afternoon.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 20 2014 10:17:26 AM CST “This is staggering,” Kalman said. “It’s clear Oklahoma is having a mental health crisis. Suicide is preventable.” LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Sat, Sep. 20 2014 09:43:00 AM CST Facing complaints of five patient overdose deaths, Oklahoma doctor surrenders license LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 01:49:34 PM CST @polyesterkama Maybe my eye will stop twitching...
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 01:09:45 PM CST I should probably stop drinking Diet Mountain Dew for real this time -- Study on diet soda drinkers, gut bacteria LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 12:57:08 PM CST @OCPDB11 Here's a story @Adam_WK wrote about the ranking: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 11:07:51 AM CST Cue debate over gun control vs. mental health -- Sheriff: Man kills daughter, 6 grandchildren before shooting himself LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 10:56:34 AM CST .@MHAOKLA's #AllThingsPrevention attendees are welcome to join Oklahoma's Addiction and Mental Health Community: https://t.co/wmyc1XqpWL
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 10:55:44 AM CST RT @MHAOKLA: Commissioner Terri White: "The most important thing we can do for the state is address brain health." #AllThingsPrevention
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 10:55:40 AM CST RT @MHAOKLA: #Oklahoma ranks number 2 in the nation for people with #mentalIillness. This has to change. #AllThingsPrevention
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 10:50:25 AM CST RT @CarlyPutnam: Follow #AllThingsPrevention to track updates from the @MHAOKLA conference (h/t @jaclyncosgrove)
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 10:43:43 AM CST A woman, 32 wks pregnant, died six days after filling an oxy script LINK She was one of five of his patients who overdosed
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Sep. 19 2014 10:07:52 AM CST RT @MHAOKLA: Most disability caused by schizophrenia occurs in the first 5 years of diagnoses. Early detection is crucial. #AllThingsPreven…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Sep. 18 2014 11:25:15 PM CST @ashleydsellers Someone will be asked to remove or kill an insect. (This just happened, via @Tiffanyg89 not thinking I'm speedy enough).
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Sep. 18 2014 11:22:55 PM CST @ashleydsellers 2. Someone will realize the fridge has no food in it.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Sep. 18 2014 11:22:28 PM CST @jaredbkeller "I've read two articles, including an explainer, so ... I'm ready to TELL YOU EVERYTHING." My least favorite Internet habit.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Sep. 18 2014 11:19:39 PM CST @ashleydsellers Let's make a realistic list. 1. Somebody is probably going to fart.