Women with diabetes face greater risk than men of developing cancer, Australian researchers discover

Women with diabetes face a greater risk than men of also developing cancer, Australian researchers have discovered.

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Researchers from The George Institute for Global Health reviewed health data from 20 million people around the world and found women with diabetes had a six per cent greater chance than men of developing any type of cancer.

Their chances of developing kidney, oral and stomach cancers and leukaemia were all found to be significantly higher than men.

However, women with diabetes had a lower chance than men of developing liver cancer.

Women with diabetes were also 27 per cent more likely than women without the chronic condition to develop cancer.

The difference between men with and without diabetes was 19 per cent.

Dr Sanne Peters, a co-author of the data review published today in the journal Diabetolgia, said a possible reason women with diabetes face a higher risk of developing cancer was because they can often be pre-diabetic for two years longer than men.

Pre-diabetes can be hard to detect, meaning many women go undiagnosed and untreated.

"Historically we know that women are often under-treated when they first present with symptoms of diabetes, are less likely to receive intensive care and are not taking the same levels of medications as men," Dr Peters said.

The George Institute researchers based their findings on data from 47 studies carried out in Australia, Britain, the United States, Japan and China.

Other studies have shown general links between diabetes, cancer, heart disease and dementia, but the George Institute researchers said until now, it was unknown whether men and women with diabetes faced the same increased risks.

Dr Peters said more research was needed to understand why the cancer risk factors differ between the genders.

"The differences we found are not insignificant and need addressing," Dr Peters said.

"The more we look into gender specific research, the more we are discovering that women are not only under-treated, they also have very different risk factors for a whole host of diseases, including stroke, heart disease and now diabetes."



'Say that again' - Trump invites Putin to White House to surprise of US National Intelligence Director

US President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House.

Trump’s failure back up claims from US intelligence agencies came as he met President Putin in Helsinki. Source: 1 NEWS

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today that President Donald Trump has asked national security adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to Washington the US autumn.

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats was surprised to learn of the invitation, which comes after Trump and Putin met in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.

A moderator at the Aspen Security Forum, where Coats was speaking in Colorado today, broke into their conversation to describe the invitation.

"Say that again," Coats said, cupping his ear.

He took a deep breath and continued, "OK."

Then he smiled and said, "That's going to be special."

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Watch: Video shows one of French President Emmanuel Macron's bodyguards beating a protester

A video showing one of French President Emmanuel Macron's security chiefs beating a student demonstrator, until now cloaked in secrecy, drew fierce public backlash overnight over what is seen as mild punishment and a possible cover-up.

The video of the May 1 event in Paris, revealed by French newspaper Le Monde, shows Alexandre Benalla in a helmet with police markings, and surrounded by riot police, brutally dragging off a woman from a demonstration and then repeatedly beating a young man on the ground.

The man is heard begging him to stop. Another man in civilian clothing pulled the young man to the ground.

Police, who had hauled the man from the crowd before Benalla took over, didn't intervene. Benalla then left the scene.

The second man was apparently a gendarme in the reserves who Le Monde said had worked with Benalla in the past.

The uproar over Benalla's punishment - a two-week suspension and a change in responsibilities - upended regular business in parliament with lawmakers aghast that the security official still has an office in the presidential palace two-and-a-half months after the incident, and that he was not immediately reported to judicial authorities.

A preliminary investigation was hastily opened overnight as the tempo of outrage swelled.

"I'm surprise he hasn't resigned," said conservative lawmaker Jean-Christophe Lagarde, adding that if Benalla doesn't do so himself, the president should remove him or the drama will jump to "an affair of state."

But Macron has remained silent about a man he knows well. Benalla, who hasn't commented on the matter, handled Macron's security during the presidential campaign.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, responding to questions in the Senate, called the video images "shocking," but stumbled to respond to questions, notably whether all French are equal before the law.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said that the two men tackling the young protester "obviously had no legitimate (reason) to intervene." He said he has demanded that a police unit which investigates suspected criminal behavior by officers explain the rules governing observers and verify whether they were respected.

Condemning the "unacceptable behavior," Macron spokesman Bruno Roger-Petit said that Benalla was also removed from his responsibilities of organizing security for presidential trips - though he maintains his office at the Elysee Palace.

Authorities belatedly launched a preliminary investigation that could lead to charges against Benalla, a judicial official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss an ongoing case.

Despite his official change to a desk job, Benalla was seen this month on the ground with police at several high-profile events, including the return home Monday of France's champion World Cup team, an event attended by hundreds of thousands.

Macron, in the Dordogne region to officially launch a new postage stamp, didn't respond to questions about the scandal. The upstart centrist elected last year had promised an exemplary presidency during his term to break with unending cases of corruption in French politics.

Roger-Petit said the punishment dealt out to Benalla was the "most serious" ever given to a top aide at the presidential Elysee Palace and served as a "last warning before dismissal."

Opposition politicians denounce a climate of impunity at the top of the French political hierarchy.

The head of France's main conservative party The Republicans, Laurent Wauquiez, asked on Europe 1 radio if the government was trying to "hush the affair."

"The feeling is that at the Elysee people think they're above everything," Wauquiez said.

Roger-Petit, the presidential spokesman, stressed that Benalla had requested authorization to use his day off "to observe" security forces' operations on May Day when marches are traditionally held. It was granted.

It was unclear why the young man under attack, who wasn't detained, was singled out by police before Benalla intervened.

"An observer doesn't act like that," said the spokesman for the UNSA-Police union. They are typically equipped and briefed in advance, and the framework is "completely clear," Philippe Capon told BFM-TV.

He couldn't say why police didn't stop Benalla.

The context was "special," he said. "He was an observer from the Elysee. When police officials hear the word 'Elysee' there is a particular apprehension."