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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center becomes the first in Northern California to start a program that is bringing new hope to patients whose colon cancer has spread to their liver. One of the first patients to undergo the unique procedure in July is now cancer-free.
A new paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests that secondary antibodies known as “anti-idiotype antibodies” could be responsible for some of the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines and the symptoms of long-haul COVID.
Susanna Soon-Chun Park was inducted as the inaugural holder of the Barbara A. and Alan M. Roth, M.D. Endowed Chair for Discovery, Education and Patient Care during a special ceremony at the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity.
UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s virtual holiday toy drive site is now live. Donate toward the purchase of toys, games, books and more that will be given to pediatric patients and their families during the holidays and throughout the year.
UC Davis Health Pediatric Emergency Physician Tiffani Johnson received the inaugural Minority Health, Equity and Inclusion Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for her contributions to advance health equity for underrepresented communities.
National Cancer Institute Director Ned Sharpless will highlight the progress this country is making in the cancer fight as he speaks at a virtual forum hosted by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Grand Rounds is set for Nov. 30 at noon as is free and open to the public.
Amy Nichols has been appointed the new associate dean for academics for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Nichols has more than 30 years of academic experience and has devoted her career to graduate nursing education.
Francisco had no ID and no memory of who he was when he was brought by an ambulance to the UC Davis emergency room on Aug. 24. Last Friday, he was discharged from UC Davis Medical Center after 88 days of hospitalization. He will be reunited with family back in Mexico.
When Nike unveiled a very limited release of new sneakers last month, PLA Skateboarding store used it as an opportunity to raise funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. More than $1,900 was donated by 190 customers in two days.
Celeste and Alexia Madrigal have 22q, a rare genetic syndrome linked to 180 different physical, developmental and behavioral conditions. During 22q Awareness Month, they’re sharing their story to encourage hope.
The UC Davis Leukodystrophy Clinic is one of only 12 Children’s Hospital Leukodystrophy Care Network Certified Centers in the country. It serves pediatric patients with leukodystrophies, which are debilitating genetic, progressive disorders.
A new UC Davis MIND Institute study suggests that parent-led language testing delivered via telehealth is effective for children with autism. The format was tested in both English and Spanish-speaking families and may provide a new way to measure the efficacy of treatments.
Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, and general pediatrician Rachel Heidt, will be participating in a virtual Q&A session, “COVID-19 and Vaccines for Children 5-11 years old,” on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The UC Davis Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department is hosting a Coping Together virtual support group for children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 who have a parent or caregiver with a serious illness. The four-session series will start in January.
UC Davis has launched a first-of-its-kind study to look at aging and cognition in older Vietnamese Americans, many of whom survived the trauma of the Vietnam War. The research, led by Oanh Meyer, is funded with a $7.2 million National Institute on Aging grant.
UC Davis Health scientists developed a new tool to translate cardiac studies from animal models to humans. The tool will help in better understanding arrhythmia and other heart conditions and support the search for effective cardiac therapies.
The School of Medicine has secured research funds for early-career biomedical researchers working on clinical research projects and facing demands of caregiving increased by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients will receive support to bolster research productivity and professional development mentoring activities.
Five UC Davis Health researchers were recognized as Highly Cited Researchers in 2021. They ranked in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year, showing significant research influence by publishing highly cited papers during the last decade.
A new study shows that mitigation efforts to reduce COVID-19 on the 10 University of California campuses during the fall of 2020 minimized campus transmission and outbreaks and limited spread to surrounding communities.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has granted a total of $1 million to UC Davis Health’s PC-CARE program, a parenting intervention for children ages 1-10, through two different projects.
David Kessler, the chief science officer and leader in COVID-19 efforts, provided insights on the rise of mental health issues, COVID vaccines for kids, booster shots, the new oral antiviral drugs, and the rare vaccine side effects.
Sacramento’s newest science center, the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (MOSAC) has been unveiled. Among the first items on display in the exhibit gallery is a prototype of the EXPLORER Total-Body Scanner, developed at UC Davis Health.
UC Davis Health will partner with St. Hope, City Church Sacramento and the Community Wellness Forum to host a free flu vaccination clinic for the Oak Park Community on Saturday, November 13. Flu vaccines will be provided for all individuals ages six months and older on a walk-up basis.
Distinguished Professor James Trimmer has been baffled for 30 years by mysterious clusters of proteins found on neurons in the hippocampus region of the brain. Now he and his colleagues may finally know what they do.
Look for pink lung plushies while learning how to take care of your lung health during Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Love Your Lungs Sacramento makes it fun to get involved in the community and spread awareness about lung cancer and tips to quit smoking.
The annual Children’s Miracle Network campaign took place in July 2021. Team members in stores across Northern California raised critical funds to continue quality care for area children treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
Several students at UC Davis School of Medicine come from a military background. As Veteran’s Day approaches this week, one of them, Justin Choi, shares the parallels between serving his country and training to become a doctor.
Peter Torres, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Linguistics, studied how the opioid crisis is expressed linguistically in policies and medical interactions. His work just earned him the Linguistic Society of America Elizabeth Dayton Award.
Racial bias may play a role in DUI convictions of Latino and Hispanic men in California, according to a new study from the Violence Prevention Research Program. The study compared alcohol-related crashes and DUI convictions.
Monoclonal antibody treatments have been shown to reduce COVID-19-related hospitalization or deaths in high-risk patients. But UC Davis Health infectious disease experts explain why they’re not a replacement for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Costco’s 2021 fundraising efforts paid off in a big way for Children’s Miracle Network. This long-time partner’s focus on helping kids propelled fundraising efforts and provided hope for local pediatric patients.
Unpaid caregivers have significantly worse mental health than adults not in these roles. COVID-19 has intensified stress and depression. But new services at UC Davis Health address these challenges affecting more and more people.
Garen Wintemute, one of the foremost experts on firearm violence in the U.S., is sounding the alarm that increases in gun purchases, violence and political extremism are putting the United States at risk for disaster in the coming months.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control have approved COVID-19 vaccinations for kids ages 5-11. A UC Davis Health pediatrician and epidemiologist share their insights about the illness and the vaccine for this age group.
Una serie de foros en línea, llamados “Charlas en español, entendiendo el cáncer en los latinos”, organizada por el Centro Integral de Cáncer de UC Davis, ayuda a las comunidades de habla hispana a entender cómo prevenir y también tratar el cáncer.
Chuck Abraham, an 89-year-old Korean War veteran, was honored this fall by UC Davis Health for his service to his country. Through its “We Honor Veterans” program, UC Davis Hospice recognizes veterans through personalized pinning ceremonies with loved ones gathered.
A series of free, online forums called “Charlas en Español Entendiendo el Cáncer en Latinos,” hosted by UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, are making it easier for Spanish-speaking communities to understand how to prevent as well as treat cancer.
UC Davis Health infectious diseases specialist George Thompson answered some commonly asked questions about Merck’s new COVID-19 pill. The medication could be given in the days after COVID-19 symptoms arise to prevent severe disease.
Typically dominated by the Los Angeles market, Spanish radio stations in the Sacramento area did not let past performance stand in the way raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals like UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Even with the pandemic, fundraising exceeded expectations.
Registration for the 2022 Healthy Aging Education Series, formerly Mini Medical School, opens online Nov. 2. Classes begin on Feb 5, 2022. Classes are offered as live webinars with an opportunity for participants to interact virtually with the presenters.
Fourth-year medical student Ross Perry is an advocate for wellness at the UC Davis School of Medicine. He’s also the top prize winner in a national essay contest hosted by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for writing a poignant story about his bond with an oncology patient.
UC Davis School of Medicine has appointed Kim Barrett, distinguished professor of medicine at UC San Diego and director of the division of graduate education at the National Science Foundation, as its new vice dean for research.
The volunteer-driven effort to give COVID-19 shots in medically underserved areas of Sacramento County took its pop-up clinic to Cristo Rey High School this week. Students were able to get the vaccine in the convenience of their own campus.
UC Davis Health infectious disease experts are concerned the drought in California could lead to an increase in cases of Valley fever, a disease that primarily presents as a respiratory illness.
A free forum called Pushing Past Cancer Summit 2021: Stronger Together will help adolescent and young adult cancer patients and survivors create a sense of community as they navigate the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
UC Davis Health and UC Davis announced a naming rights partnership with SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity, which includes the to MOSAC’s current Health Headlines, future Health Gallery and Digital Dome Theater.
UC Davis Health has been recognized as a four-star hospital in the Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking, the nation's leading health care measure for safety and quality in patient care. The medical center ranked No. 1 in equity and ninth in mortality.
“Stay strong and believe you are a mighty warrior!” Words of inspiration for breast cancer patients undergoing treatment are written on a huge card signed by Sacramento Republic FC fans and given to UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Andreas Bäumler and Yasmine Belkaid are the 2021 Robert Koch Prize winners. They are recognized for their groundbreaking research on the intestinal epithelium’s role in the composition of the body’s microbiota and its links to infectious and inflammatory diseases.
During ADHD Awareness month, a UC Davis MIND Institute expert shares updates about the symptoms to look for as well as the latest research. The neurodevelopmental condition affects people of all ages and is often diagnosed in childhood.
When it comes to keeping kids safe, parents may not think about household dust as a potential hazard. A $1.35 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will track which chemicals kids might accidentally ingest to determine health risks.
Nina had tried multiple birth control options and was tired of the side effects: Mood swings, weight gain, inconsistent periods. When she spotted an Instagram post last winter advertising the clinical trial for a new reversible male contraception gel, she contacted the UC Davis Health research team.
The UC Davis MIND Institute’s free drive-through trunk-or-treat event last weekend was so popular that it reached the maximum number of registrations in just a week. Over 150 families enjoyed the decorated car trunks, volunteers in costume, and treats and toys.
For the last six months, emergency medicine and critical care physician Roderick Fontenette has been serving as the theater director of the Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCAT) out of Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
A program developed at the UC Davis CAARE Center for caregivers of children with behavioral problems showed better parent retention and increased improvements in child behavior than an established parent intervention.
Love to play video games? Then sign up today for Extra Life today and participate in the annual Game Day on Nov. 6, when you can do what you enjoy while raising funds for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
Black patients in California are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at a late stage and less likely to survive most cancers according to a new UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center study.
There’s a Blizzard in the forecast. Visit any DQ in the Greater Sacramento area on Thursday, Oct. 28 and a portion of your Blizzard purchase will support pediatric patients treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.
New study results show compliance with smoke- and tobacco-free policies on college campuses could be more effective with the rollout of a Tobacco Tracker that can also influence behavior and attitudes.
UC Davis Health faculty members Diana Farmer and Edgardo Salcedo were among a group of esteemed surgical educators inducted into the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias affect both the person with the disease and the family and friends who support them. This free half-day workshop will provide caregivers with information and resources to help them navigate the complex journey.
In a recent interview, Ruth Shim shared her vision for the Office of Student and Resident Diversity, definitions of diversity, equity, and justice, and how society can address microaggressions.
Ulfat Shaikh, medical director of health care quality and professor of pediatrics at UC Davis Health, has been elected chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS).
A volunteer-driven effort led by the UC Davis School of Medicine to vaccinate people in medically underserved communities against COVID-19 has resulted in hundreds of shots administered across Sacramento County. They’ve been given in grocery stores, apartment complexes and a farmers market.
UC Davis Health announces a large-scale expansion in Folsom that offers a prime location to deliver wellness, community, convenience and excellent care for patients. Also in the works is a first-in-the-world “Community for Health and Independence” development to promote healthy aging.
STARS, a school-based telehealth program serving children with physical disabilities living in rural Northern California, provides an experience and quality of care that is similar to in-person patient visits. It may also save an average of $100 per visit.
A new study from the Violence Prevention Research Program finds that California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order law has been hampered by a lack of funding to support local implementation efforts, leading to inconsistent practices and confusion.
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing has received the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. The school is one of only 50 health professions colleges and universities in the nation honored for its outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The 7th annual Crush Challenge returned this year to vineyard-lined avenues in the Napa Valley as bicyclists helped raise money for UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and its research into non-toxic treatments for blood cancers.
The intestinal rehabilitation program at UC Davis Health works with young patients like Everley Saelee to ensure they get the nutrition needed for growth and development. The program also helps promote growth and adaptation in the remaining intestine.
The owners of Shingle Springs Subaru, inspired by their daughter’s successful cancer treatment at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, donated $82,671 through the Share the Love Event to Lor Randall’s research in sarcoma in adolescents and young adults.
New UC Davis MIND Institute research suggests that developmental screenings conducted via telehealth could help bridge the gap between parents’ questions about autism and an eventual diagnosis for some infants. The goal is earlier support for families.
A new support group at the UC Davis MIND Institute is designed for neurodivergent girls and nonbinary teens who have autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, obsessive compulsive disorder and more. NeuroTeens is a free, virtual group that offers social connection.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what Kaileia Boudinot of Elk Grove did one summer morning when she decided kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital needed some help … and some hope.
UC Davis Health is leading the way in making sure that every day, every older adult receives age-friendly health care. The UC Davis Medical Center Emergency Department puts principles into practice to benefit patients.
Kurt Schaberg, an assistant professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been named one of the Top Six of the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 40 under Forty honorees for 2021. Schaberg’s educational pathology website, Kurt’s Notes, has followers from 147 countries.
In a recent interview, Jorge A. García shared his approach to DEI leadership, his vision for the Office of Student and Resident Diversity and what inspired him to become a professor.
For the first time, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis is offering a Doctor of Nursing Practice — Family Nurse Practitioner (D.N.P.-F.N.P.) Degree, delivered in a hybrid format, including online coursework and in-person experiences. The first class enters in June 2022.
The director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities has received two national awards for his work promoting Latino health equity through his research on drug abuse and access to care.
UC Davis Health Department of Surgery, Cardiac Division has been designated as a training center for the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Foundation’s Cardiac Surgical Robotics Program, the first such center in California and just the sixth in the United States.
UC Davis Health‘s CIRCLE Clinic has received a $2.55 million gift from longtime foster youth care champions Dale and Katy Carlsen. In partnership with Sacramento County, the first-of-its-kind clinic provides trauma-informed comprehensive health services to Sacramento youth in foster care.
We asked Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, for his advice on how we can keep ourselves safe and healthy through the impending “twindemic” of COVID and flu season.
The MIND Institute’s David Hessl has been awarded a $431,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a new app-based tool to measure ADHD symptoms and other behavioral challenges in individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. The generosity of a MIND Institute patient’s family enabled him to develop the tool.
UC Davis Health has again been recognized as a level 9 out of a possible 10 in the 2021 Digital Health “Most Wired” program from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
The American Academy of Nursing has inducted its new fellows. Among the 225 inductees are two nurse leaders who have ties to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.
A “mammovan” will be dispatched to rural areas as part of new breast cancer initiatives spearheaded by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. It is all part of an effort to improve breast health and cancer prevention along with early detection in underserved communities.
New research from the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program finds that legal handgun purchasers with a history of alcohol charges, such as DUIs, have more than twice the risk of suicide. Access to firearms is a strong risk factor for suicide.
The UC Davis Comprehensive Stroke Center has received the 2021 Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for following guidelines known to improve outcomes and quality-of-life for stroke patients.
Professor Piri Ackerman-Barger is among the distinguished nurse educators inducted into the prestigious National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education. She consults nationally on strategies to help underrepresented groups in health professions thrive academically.
The new radiology chair was on a mission to detect breast cancer early in women so it can be found in time, and then suddenly faced her own breast cancer diagnosis. Fortunately, she only had to turn to colleagues for her treatment.
The UC Davis MIND Institute Child Life Program is hosting a drive-through trunk-or-treat Oct. 22. The safe fall festival will feature costumed volunteers handing out candy and toys to families who remain in their cars. Decorated vehicles will also be on display. It is free and open to the public.
The National Institute on Aging is funding a UC Davis Health study designed to understand how early life health and behavior impact risk of cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center turns 30 this year. Although scientists still do not fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease, much has been learned during the past three decades about the complex factors that can lead to dementia.
After 30 days of hospitalization, volunteer firefighter Richard Gerety received a hero’s homecoming after being discharged from UC Davis Medical Center today.
UC Davis Health and Sacramento Republic FC worked together during the month of September to raise awareness about pediatric cancer. Their efforts culminated at the Sept. 26 game with the sharing of 13-year-old Riley Blum’s story of how he is overcoming cancer.
When a blood clot blocked blood flow and caused severe swelling in baby Mateo, he was diagnosed with superior vena cava syndrome. He was transferred to UC Davis Health. Frank Ing performed a cardiac catheterization, which made all the difference.
The UC Davis School of Medicine is partnering with drug developers and funding agencies to find and test potential therapies and vaccines to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
UC Davis Health is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month by offering free mammograms to uninsured women in the community who are 40 and older and have no current symptoms.
Western Health Advantage gift establishes the first endowed professorship at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis Health. The investment affirms the shared vision of healthy communities.
UC Davis Health encourages patients to take advantage of the availability of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 booster shots after the CDC recommends third doses of the vaccine for certain individuals.
The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center's Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory this month has been re-accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in pediatric transthoracic, pediatric transesophageal and fetal echocardiography.
The National Cancer Institute renewed the “comprehensive” designation of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its breadth and depth in cancer research, clinical care, cancer control and population sciences.
A UC Davis Health study suggests that unusual visual inspection of objects may precede the development of the social symptoms characteristic of autism syndrome disorder.
UC Davis Health began administering third Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to patients at its area clinics and to employees on the medical campus, following recommendations by the CDC.
Halloween décor and costume purchases at eight area stores help raise money for UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Spirit Halloween’s Spirit of Children Foundation supports programs that help minimize the anxiety of hospitalization.
The American Cancer Society’s 25th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is on Oct. 17 at the west steps of the California State Capitol. Staff will be on hand at the UC Davis Health “Return to Screening” booth to talk about the importance of breast cancer screenings and why delaying care during the COVID pandemic could put your health at risk.
93% of UC Davis Health employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, just weeks after a new University of California vaccine mandate kicked in. The health system is a leader in vaccine compliance, ahead of a new state mandate for health care workers that takes effect Sept. 30.
Martin Cadeiras, Javier E. López and Nipavan Chiamvimonvat are co-principal investigators for a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to take a precision medicine approach to evaluate patients with a poorly understood form of heart failure.
UC President Michael Drake was at the UC Davis Health campus to help induct the new presidential chair in vitreoretinal science. The inaugural appointment of world-renowned physician Paul A. Sieving was held Sept. 17 with recognition of Neil and MJ Kelly and their generous donation that established the Kelly Presidential Chair in Vitreoretinal Science.
Hospitalized Caldor firefighter gets a visit from fellow firefighters before being presented with a check for $1,500 by the Firefighters Burn Institute executive director.
Veronica Ahumada joined UC Davis Health this year and brought her expertise in health informatics and human-robot interaction to the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology. She will be growing her research through two exciting grant-funded projects involving robots.
Micaela Godzich, associate clinical professor and associate residency program director with Family and Community Medicine, and Véronique Taché, associate professor and residency program director with Obstetrics and Gynecology, have been honored with a 2021 American Medical Association Women Physicians Section Inspiration Award.
Prep Médico – short for “Preparando Estudiantes Para Ser Médicos,” or “Preparing Students to Be Physicians” – is an initiative dedicated to building the next generation of physicians committed to advancing Latino health.
A partnership between the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and Rolling Oaks, a senior independent living community of the Volunteers of America, earns a national award for innovative program while preparing future nurses for community health.
The graduating physician assistant (P.A.) class at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing gathered to recite the Physician Assistant Professional Oath before they prepare to take their licensing exam and enter into practice.
The Accelerated Access Unit at UC Davis Medical Center receives national recognition for the collective achievements and contributions of the nursing staff of the medical-surgical unit.
MRI results confirmed that Scarlett Hershey had panhypopituitarism, a rare condition in which the pituitary gland stops producing all or most hormones. Internationally, there are 4.2 cases of panhypopituitarism per 100,000 people per year.
COVID-19 testing has become widely available, with free community PCR testing and over-the-counter antigen tests you can purchase to take at home. But which type of test should you use and when? And if you are vaccinated, do you need to be testing at all? Two UC Davis Health experts offer updates and advice.
UC Davis School of Medicine will receive funds set aside but no longer needed to settle a class-action lawsuit against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. The award will fund projects focused on women of color and in underserved communities.
For the second year in a row, students have entered the UC Davis School of Medicine during a global pandemic. For many, the decision to be doctors was influenced by inequities they observed first-hand during the pandemic.
This October, UC Davis Health is partnering with Love to Ride to encourage cyclists and non-cyclists alike to go for a bike ride and participate in fun activities throughout “Biketober” month.
Last August, Kyle Benton was in a terrible longboarding accident and was transported to the UC Davis Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. His injuries included a traumatic brain injury, broken vertebrae and a blood clot in the brain. He would spend 43 days hospitalized, fighting for survival. This is his story.
The recently adopted California state budget includes $3.4 million for the UC Davis School of Medicine to grow its Rural PRIME program and create a new pathway to train students to address health needs of Native Americans.
Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, has been selected as a fellow for the third cohort of the Presidential Leadership Academy by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
UC Davis Health Cardiologist Nayereh Pezeshkian discusses COVID-19, its impact on the heart, and the rare risk of developing heart complications after a COVID-19 vaccine.