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.


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

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 11 hr ago

    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.

  • No Ebola threat in Oklahoma, officials say

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    There are currently no patients identified as ‘Ebola threats’ in the state of Oklahoma, the governor’s office said Friday morning. The announcement comes after news reports Friday that a patient at Deaconess Hospital in Oklahoma City was being monitored for Ebola-like symptoms. However, hospital officials have confirmed the patient does not have Ebola. Gov. Mary […]

  • Oklahoma Medicaid leaders say agency needs at least $164 million additional state dollars for next fiscal year

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Leaders at the state’s Medicaid agency say the Oklahoma Health Care Authority needs at least $164 million additional state dollars for the next fiscal year to maintain the existing program.

  • Across Oklahoma, same-sex couples begin filing for marriage licenses

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove and Darla Slipke, Staff Writers | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    Court officials in various Oklahoma counties have seen same-sex couples come to file for their marriage licenses, although about 12 counties weren’t issuing licenses at first, advocates say.

  • Free clinic: Oklahoma's rural clinics find ways to survive

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    In one of the poorest regions of Oklahoma, a free health clinic operates in the black. On the opposite side of the state, a county that has seen an increase of wealth is home to a free clinic that is at risk of closure.

  • Free clinic: Specialty free clinic provides needed care to uninsured patients in Oklahoma City

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    An Oklahoma City cardiologist recently started a free clinic for low-income uninsured residents who otherwise would likely wait months to see certain types of specialists.

  • Free clinic: Oklahoma City health providers work to patch free care network

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Oct 7, 2014

    The Oklahoma City free clinic at Good Shepherd Ministries is part of a growing movement in the OKC metro area to provide care at charitable clinics, commonly referred to as “free clinics,” by having paid staff and longer hours.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 24 2014 11:19:42 PM CST RT @stevesilberman: If you missed it: Obama demonstrates proper protocol for handling a health care worker declared Ebola-free. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 24 2014 06:05:42 PM CST RT @IsEbolaInOkla: Nope. Still nope.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 24 2014 06:03:00 PM CST Yawning babies. Sleeping babies. Smiling babies. This video has it all: LINK #YoureWelcome via @GregSingleton
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 24 2014 03:40:24 PM CST RT @pewresearch: For #FF, here's a list of researchers who are on Twitter & their specialties LINK LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 24 2014 03:39:50 PM CST @stevelackmeyer #NailedIt
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 24 2014 03:38:05 PM CST While the rest of the nation sees a dip in heart disease death rates, Oklahoma ... doesn't LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 24 2014 01:49:03 PM CST RT @carlzimmer: A new epidemiological model of Ebola in West Africa calls for massive fast action if we want to avoid an explosion. http://…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 24 2014 01:48:44 PM CST RT @BillieMyers: I'm gong to have this as my announcement as I go to work every day! LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 24 2014 11:24:43 AM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: Meet two sisters who make Friday nights special. (And check out the great vid from my buddy Nate Billings) LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Oct. 24 2014 12:24:43 AM CST @ChrissySouthern That would have been amazing!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 06:50:50 PM CST Drove past a pretty huge murder near Penn Square Mall. And by that, I mean there are a lot of crows.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 05:59:11 PM CST NPR just taught me that my hatred of voicemail is a millennial thing. Glad to know I'm not alone.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 05:13:40 PM CST I'm looking for Oklahomans who have had the flu in previous seasons and could not take off work. Let me know if you know of someone. Thanks!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 03:32:42 PM CST So, The Oklahoman is looking for creative high school students for Newsroom 101, our high school… LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 02:19:56 PM CST Students and teachers -- Here's a link to the Newsroom 101 application: LINK Deadline to apply is Dec. 1. Thanks!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 02:08:55 PM CST @SilasAllen1 @OKmattcarney Mmmhmm. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 01:35:23 PM CST @OKmattcarney @SilasAllen1 Whatevs LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 01:33:29 PM CST RT @MHAOKLA: 36,000 people die every year from the flu. How many died by suicide last year? 40,000. One is too many. #endsuicide
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 12:57:08 PM CST Guys, I'm hoping this flu story goes viral LINK #HealthPuns
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