Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxic > Health-in-Motion 26 September 2017 "Interpersonal Synchronisation” People who love each other can have a real and beneficial physical and health impact on one another simply by touching. Research conducted on 22 couples indicates that when an empathetic partner holds their lover's hand, any pain experienced by the partner diminishes while the couple’s breathing and heart rates become synchronised. Describing this so-called "interpersonal synchronisation” effect, lead author of the study, Pavel Goldstein, says that "the more empathic the partner and the stronger the analgesic effect, the higher the synchronisation between the two when they are touching". 0 More: Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxicHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Medical What bacteria can cause trouble in your mouth? Medical New study shows vapers can be a good influence on smokers Medical Workplace bullies are putting your heart at risk Lifestyle Man reveals how he lost 76kg after his girlfriend cheated on him News Thank you for caring News Is crowdfunding too often used for bogus treatments? From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Infancy » Antibiotics during infancy may up childhood obesity risk New research suggests that babies who are prescribed antibiotics before they're two years old may be more likely to become obese. Seasonal changes » Is your home making you sick? Should you get injected for hay fever? Is your medication struggling to keep your seasonal allergy symptoms in check? There is a shot for hay fever – and this is what you need to know.