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


  • Life beyond epilepsy: Oklahoma girl is seizure-free after brain surgery

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Hermoinee Lorett, 11, underwent an epilepsy surgery that, as best surgeons can tell, has changed her life. For most of her life, the Oklahoma girl has suffered seizures. Since the surgery, she has been seizure free.

  • Report finds 80 percent of Oklahomans served by public mental health system are unemployed

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: 20 hr ago

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness released the report Thursday, pointing out there are models for job programs for people with mental illness but they are often underfunded.

  • Officials confirm Oklahoma's first West Nile virus case of the year

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The state Health Department announced Thursday a case of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus was confirmed in Major County in northwest Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers move money used to pay for uncompensated trauma care from state fund

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    State health officials expressed concern Tuesday over money that was pulled from an account that pays for uncompensated trauma care delivered in Oklahoma. While planning out the state’s budget, policymakers moved $5 million from the state trauma care assistance revolving fund to help pay for appropriations for other agencies.

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.




Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 03:07:01 PM CST @OKRoserock Agreed!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 03:02:20 PM CST RT @MHAOKLA: Myth vs. Fact: Violence and #MentalHealth - LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 03:01:09 PM CST I gave away my first @homelessokc voucher today. The man took it, read it and kept it. Here's how to buy some: LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 03:00:17 PM CST Celebrate Friday with a trip to the dog park ... with my dog: https://t.co/IH84hJRgHN
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 02:58:22 PM CST I've been hugged by three children interview subjects this week. I think that's average for a health reporter.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 02:15:25 PM CST RT @OKPolicy: Uninsured rate dropped 37.7% in states expanding Medicaid, dropped just 9.0% in states not expanding - LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 12:31:10 PM CST Reason No. 462 why I hate mosquitoes: Officials confirm Oklahoma's first West Nile virus case of the year LINK via @NewsOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 12:14:45 PM CST Gross. Ick. Writing a sentence about jumping spiders. They give me the heebie jeebies. I'm doing this for you, Sunday @TheOklahoman readers.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 12:05:21 PM CST @mandyqualls Especially after you're doing cleaning!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:52:15 AM CST #ICYMI: Report finds 80 percent of Oklahomans served by public mental health system are unemployed LINK via @NewsOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:51:14 AM CST @Chickasaw I had the sudden urge to bite the screen.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:50:55 AM CST Writing this Sunday's What's It Like for @TheOklahoman, I learned wood piles and black widows go hand in hand. So watch your hands outdoors.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:45:57 AM CST As a window washer, I would think you would at least get a nice view of the world around you. LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:42:58 PM CST @kirbyLsmith From your photo, it looks like someone went to Arbuckle Wilderness and thought they were allowed to hunt.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:35:03 PM CST @kirbyLsmith Was there a stuffed panda? That seems illegal in every country.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 10 2014 04:40:24 PM CST @kirbyLsmith I didn't know there was such a thing as illegal taxidermy. Interesting!
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 10 2014 02:59:07 PM CST @OKmattcarney @shuttrking That wasn't the intent, but I, of course, find that hilarious #BecauseYouDo
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 10 2014 02:37:26 PM CST @OKmattcarney So @shuttrking and I have decided you're a vampire. We have several reasons.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 10 2014 11:52:48 AM CST Top reason you should go buy some mosquito repellent -- Oklahoma's first West Nile virus case confirmed LINK via @NewsOK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Jul. 10 2014 10:24:29 AM CST @mkimball011 When you work from home, you learn just how passive aggressive your dog is.