Alia E. Dastagir, Yahoo

Alia E. Dastagir


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Recent articles by Alia:

Characterizing cancer as a 'war' assumes it can be won. Is that too simple?

Many people living with cancer find fighting metaphors empowering, but others say they contribute to feelings of stress and inadequacy. → Read More

A woman on TikTok wasn't afraid to show her death. In the process, she helped others live.

The video app TikTok offers users an unexpectedly intimate space to navigate and narrate experiences with terminal illness, grief and dying. → Read More

Flu shots: When should I get one? What about the COVID booster? Everything to know.

The CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot. Public health experts say vaccination is vital during COVID to avoid a co-pandemic. → Read More

Everyone's talking about Gabby Petito. But they're having the wrong conversation, experts say.

Violence against women is common. Over half of female homicide victims are killed by a current or ex-male partner. Women of color are most at risk. → Read More

Experts say Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's rape comments perpetuate a dangerous stereotype about sexual violence

Most perpetrators are not lurking on "the streets." Most sexual violence is perpetrated by men who women know, admire and sometimes love. → Read More

Mental health TikTok is powerful. But is it therapy?

Mental health TikTok is a place where people can build mental health knowledge, get validation and find community. Creators say it is not therapy. → Read More

What people are getting wrong about asexuality (a lot)

Asexuality exists on a spectrum, and while some people who identify as asexual don't desire sex, many do. → Read More

Sexism diminishes female pleasure. What women need to know.

Sexual behavior is associated with a number of mental and physical health benefits, but there's a significant orgasm gap between men and women. → Read More

How we've failed Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown has been sexualized throughout her rise to fame, most recently by Hunter Echo, a TikTok star who claims he sexually "groomed" her. → Read More

'It's limbo': Parents stuck between two COVID worlds as young kids remain unvaccinated

As the world returns to normal, fully vaccinated parents feel left behind with their young children who are unprotected against the coronavirus. → Read More

Furious at your parents for aging? You're not alone.

It's a stressful transition when adult children begin to see their parents less as capable caregivers and more as those needing care themselves. → Read More

Britney Spears is 'speaking her truth.' Are we listening?

Variations of these scenarios are happening everyday to women with less power and visibility than Britney Spears. → Read More

Awe makes us happier, healthier and humbler

Some think of awe as a luxury. But research shows daily experiences of awe provide a range of emotional, social and physiological benefits. → Read More

Outrage over Naomi Osaka shows what we're still getting wrong about mental health

Mental health experts say Naomi Osaka should be lauded for challenging her sport, the media and the public to rethink what we demand of athletes. → Read More

Many of us didn't touch during the pandemic. Is it safe to hug again?

The country is reopening, and vaccinated people have been told they can return to pre-pandemic life. What does this mean for our ability to touch? → Read More

LGBTQ Pride flags go beyond the classic rainbow. Here's what each one means

Happy Pride Month! Can you name all the Pride flags? From Progress rainbow to pansexual and asexual to intersex, we've got you covered. → Read More

Those infamous edited yearbook photos and society’s obsession with girls' bodies: 'You can't win'

A Florida high school edited 80 female students' yearbook photos to make them more modest. Experts say they aren't teaching morality, but body shame. → Read More

Trauma children in Gaza experience is unlike anywhere else in the world, experts say

In Gaza, more than 40% of the population are children under 14 years old. The impact of their trauma will be lifelong. → Read More

On Mother's Day, here's what your mom actually needs

Economic and cultural changes have altered the landscape of motherhood, piling on new pressures and needs. The pandemic added even more. → Read More

Why you need to stop thinking so much

Nancy Colier, author of the new book "Can't Stop Thinking," shares how people can liberate themselves from obsessive rumination. → Read More