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.


  • What's it like: To have blood clots

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Blood clotting is a normal process that the body uses to seal small cuts on blood vessel walls to stop bleeding. But sometimes a blood clot can build up in an artery or vein and result in a life-threatening situation.

  • Increased Medicaid copayments prove difficult for Oklahoma man

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    John Thorson, 60, is one of thousands of Oklahomans on the state’s Medicaid program who saw the amount of money they pay for prescriptions increase over the past month.

  • Rural Oklahoma medical clinic struggles to find doctors

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Because of federal sequestration, funding of the National Health Service Corps program was cut by $15 million, or 5.1 percent, in 2014, according to the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

  • Special Care in Oklahoma City helps those with needs learn valuable life lessons

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Bri Johnson, 8, has learned many lessons about self-esteem, thanks in part to almost seven years that she has spent in programs at Special Care, an early childhood education center in Oklahoma City with specialized care and therapeutic services for children with and without special needs.

  • What's it like: To suffer sleep deprivation

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Jaclyn Cosgrove: A variety of life circumstances can cause a person to not sleep well. Sleep problems are one of the most common reasons someone might see a primary care doctor.

  • After more than a month, Oklahoma City VA hospital heart program still closed

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    Since October, five heart patients at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center died within 30 days of their surgeries.

  • Oklahoma child protection team will disband due to lack of funding

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    After December, the services child abuse medical experts have provided in countless Oklahoma court cases will be limited because of a funding dilemma the OU College of Medicine’s pediatrics department is facing.

  • Hundreds of Oklahomans to receive care at free medical event

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Remote Area Medical Oklahoma will host its annual free medical care event August 16 and 17 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds. Hundreds of Oklahomans will wait hours in line for free dental, vision and limited medical care.

  • Without Medicaid expansion, many Oklahomans with mental health issues will go untreated, experts say

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    An estimated 122,000 Oklahomans with mental health issues who would have qualified for Medicaid in Oklahoma if the program were expanded to include more low-income adults, according to a report from the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

  • What's it like: To suffer serious burns

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    If the burn is bigger than your palm, it’s generally recommended you see someone that day. And if the burn is life threatening, you should seek emergency medical attention.

  • Oklahoma researcher explains recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Joshua Ward, the director of scholar development and undergraduate research at Oklahoma State University, answered a few questions about the evolving Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

  • What's it like: To suffer a spider bite

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Updated: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    The bites from black widow and brown recluse spiders can cause health problems.

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

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Updated: 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: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.




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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
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 12:48:46 PM CST @lennonpatton Cous Cous, @picassocafe, @RedCupOKC, Coolgreens, The Wedge, Joey's, Moni's, First Watch, The Loaded Bowl, Green Goodies lunch
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 12:44:25 PM CST RT @JustinPeligri: Censorship of art is a whole different animal than censorship of bullying, which requires monitors to be far more vigila…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 12:43:49 PM CST @laceylett @PartyGalaxy @Freedom43TV @LucasRoss Man. We at @NewsOK need to get it together. Costumes FTW.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 12:42:44 PM CST @lennonpatton What kind of food would you like?
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 12:31:27 PM CST A5: A link to that Facebook group is https://t.co/wmyc1XqpWL -- I have only removed one person for breaking guidelines #NewsHourChats
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 12:26:28 PM CST A5: In Oklahoma's Addiction and Mental Health Group on Facebook, we have community guidelines that help keep the convo civil #NewsHourChats
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 12:23:43 PM CST RT @NewsHour: Q5:What are the potential benefits & drawbacks of limiting free speech on social media? #NewsHourChats
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 12:23:41 PM CST RT @NewsHour: Some have called for Twitter & other social media sites to tighten their regulations to prevent bullying & harassment #NewsHo…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 12:12:49 PM CST RT @NewsOK: First flu cases of the season confirmed in Oklahoma LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Thu, Oct. 23 2014 11:31:09 AM CST Oklahoma judge allows law banning abortion pills to take effect LINK via @reuters