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.


  • Should Oklahomans be worried about Ebola?

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Cynthia Harry, an epidemiologist with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, said Oklahomans have little to no risk of contracting Ebola, especially if they have no plans to travel to West Africa.

  • Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn begins final series of town hall meetings

    BY JACLYN COSGROVE, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    A crowd of about 170 people at Oklahoma City Community College on Monday night asked a range of questions and were responsive to Sen. Tom Coburn’s answers. Many applauded. A handful yelled at him, and a few attempted debate.

  • COPD can make extreme temperatures in Oklahoma and elsewhere difficult

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

    Many people with COPD notice that their symptoms worsen with weather changes, such as fronts coming through, more humidity or impending rain or snow, according to the COPD Foundation. People with COPD sometimes have trouble breathing in cold weather, which can cause shortness of breath. And the heat might also be troublesome.

  • 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 […]




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Jaclyn Cosgrove Today at 12:09 PM Reminder: There's no risk of Ebola among returning travelers from African countries not affected by outbreak LINK
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Jaclyn Cosgrove Tue, Oct. 28 2014 08:27:15 AM CST Just wrote "fluorider." Apparently I have water treatment and hip hop on the brain, a fantastic combination. #HealthReporterProbs
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Oct. 27 2014 06:23:14 PM CST @christeen405 I hope so. I've a grumpy cold person lol.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Oct. 27 2014 06:13:38 PM CST @christeen405 I'm camping this weekend, so of course, a cold front.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Oct. 27 2014 06:12:58 PM CST Just interviewed 30-year-old OKC man with schizophrenia. He's on his way to treatment, the first hope he has felt in five, maybe 10, years.
Jaclyn Cosgrove Mon, Oct. 27 2014 04:13:57 PM CST What's it like to be quarantined: LINK
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