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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:30 PM I don't understand why my gym is partnering with a tanning salon. Gym = getting healthier. Tanning = increased risk of skin cancer. Um....
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:29 PM @johnjac That was one of the stranger marketing moves I've seen.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 5:28 PM @josephreuben815 Legislature won't fund mental health ... so bake sales. We have the 2nd highest rate of adults with serious mental illness.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:37 PM So S&B Burger Joint is having a fundraiser Oct. 28 ... for the state mental health department. Wrapping my mind around that.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 4:35 PM Someone pointed out to me today that Ebola kind of steamrolled anything that would be written about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:59 PM Great discussion in Oklahoma's Addiction and Mental Health Community on helping a loved one with bipolar disorder: https://t.co/wmyc1XqpWL
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:33 PM ‘Ebola’ a popular search term among Oklahomans LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:04 PM @TheProjectHEAL Great! I will pass your info along to Julie.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 11:04 AM Thousands die because of diseases caused by poor diet. "That is a scary health problem — much more scary than Ebola." LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:54 AM RT @GinnieGraham: Tulsa County was the largest contributor last year to OK No. 1 incarceration rate, at 18.4% of the total. #OKfemaleincarc…
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:54 AM RT @GinnieGraham: Two-thirds of OK women in prison are there for nonviolent crimes #tulsamayorcommissiononthestatusofwimen
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:53 AM RT @benfelder_okg: Janet Barresi spoke her mind as superintendent and has no regrets, LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:45 AM @grantpwilson This has made me think a lot about AIDS in the 1980s and what it would have been like with the Internet/social media.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:44 AM @baileyhuntsman I saw this yesterday: LINK Didn't include it because I didn't have full journal article, but interesting
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 10:42 AM RT @B_Schmidt: Full feed of my live tweets from tonight's anti-Islam town hall: https://t.co/6yvL1jukxQ
Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 9:53 AM Grindr, Craigslist and other online activity blamed for syphilis outbreak in Comanche County LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 09:10:43 PM CST @grantpwilson @stevelackmeyer @HealthyOklahoma Definitely. I didn't anticipate people to freak out this much, honestly.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 06:02:36 PM CST Re: syphilis outbreak -- The things I've had to Google today... #partylikeajournalist
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 04:58:21 PM CST “You hug them, and you’re going to break bones" -- Julie Walker, who lost her adult daughter to anorexia LINK
Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 21 2014 04:28:14 PM CST 'Ebola is not airborne under non-medical situations' -- and other Ebola facts you should know LINK