IFMA Preventive Health Management Inc.

Institute for Medical Advancement

New York, USA

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Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as depression, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, asthma, or rheumatoid arthritis, have reached epidemic proportions with enormous socio-economic impacts. Although the exact causes underlying NCDs are largely unknown, the development of these diseases can be triggered by factors like unhealthy diet, overweight, extensive consumption behavior, insufficient physical activity, and unfavorable coping behavior under stress.

The «Institute for Response-Genetics (IFRG)», University of Zurich (Switzerland), is involved in clinical research with particular focus on (1) the treatment of major depressive disorders, and (2) the early detection and prevention of stress-related health problems. Data from more than 2,500 students from the U.S., Europe, and South America revealed 2 scales, "activity" and "defeatism", that allow one to quantify coping behavior in a socio-culturally independent way. Most notably, these scales have turned out to be closely related to impaired physical and mental health.

Mission Statement

«IFMA Preventive Health Management Inc» aims to translate research results of the «Institute for Response-Genetics» into high-quality practical applications, available to the general public at low costs. IFMA doesn't promote just another fitness tracker but, rather, an integrated self-assessment system that yields insights into the complex interplay between body, mind, environment, and the dynamics of human health (vulnerability versus robustness). This integrated system is backed by large-scale clinical studies. By making these easy-to-use systems generally available we aim to stimulate "natural" curiosity and to promote education regarding:

  • how body and mind are inseparably linked to each other;
  • how uncontrolled fluctuations in affective state can impact physical and mental health;
  • how stress-related health problems can be detected and managed;
  • how monitoring the dynamics of health can contribute to an improved quality of life.

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Coping Behavior under Chronic Stress: Activity versus Defeatism
Mean scores and variation of scales "activity" (x‑axis) versus "defeatism" (y‑axis) as derived from the COPE data of 419 students from Milan/ Italy (dark blue), 400 students from Castellon/ Spain (red), 407 students from Pasadena/USA (purple), 484 students from Argentina (green), 406 Students from Zurich/ Switzerland (German: light blue), and 401 students from Lausanne/ Switzerland (French: yellow) after normalization and orthogonalization. There are virtually no between-center differences with respect to "defeatism" (zero on the y‑axis), whereas students from Italy, Spain, USA and Argentina achieved, on average, higher activity scores compared to Swiss students.

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