Animals, Diseases, and Human Health: Shaping Our Lives Now and in the Future

Animals, Diseases, and Human Health: Shaping Our Lives Now and in the Future

Animals, Diseases, and Human Health: Shaping Our Lives Now and in the Future

Animals, Diseases, and Human Health: Shaping Our Lives Now and in the Future

Synopsis

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 brought about a welcome continuationof the income tax rates for most employees but didn't extend the Social Security tax break that employees had the last two years. The net result isthat most of your employees are experiencing a decrease in their take-home payfor 2013--through no pay cut of yours.How to Make Sure You Have the Right Tax Withheld, 2013 Editionhelps explain the impact of the new law and encourages employees to claim theproper allowances to maximize their take-home pay but not owe money at taxtime.Your higher-paid employees also may have their take-home pay reduced becausethe Additional Medicare Tax is properly withheld from their wages--even if theyaren't subject to the additional tax. How to Make Sure You Havethe Right Tax Withheld addresses that topic too.For current and new employees alike, How to Make Sure You Have the Right Tax Withheld answers:Who should file a Form W-4 for 2013?What do I have to complete on the W-4?When will a new W-4 take effect?How do I figure how many allowances I'm entitled to?Written and organized in a clear and concise manner, How to Make Sure You Have the Right Tax Withheld will ease the burden on your HR and Payroll departments, while empowering employees to make the most beneficialchoices for themselves and their families.Designed to fit in paycheck envelopes, our new edition provides simpleguidelines on whether employees should file a new form and, if so, how tocomplete it. Whether you issue these booklets at tax season, hand them out tonew hires, or make them available when questions arise, the simple decision todistribute these booklets can save your company hours of management andpersonnel time.

Excerpt

Radford G. Davis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Why read this book? Because we live in a world where, seen or unseen, animals impact our lives in countless ways, some for the betterment of our physical and mental health, and some that can cause us harm. With 7 billion people on the planet, we humans have a great effect on all living things, our environment, and ultimately on disease. We share our living space with livestock, with dogs and cats and other pets, but also with a great variety of wildlife; therefore, we share diseases too. Today, it is recognized that the health of animals and the health of people are wedded, that we cannot have full understanding of a disease, its impact, or its prevention without understanding its epidemiology in animals, in humans, and what, if any, role the environment has. Of course, what we do to our environment does impact health, of that there is no doubt. Climate change is real, and the results will continue to impact each of us, our domestic animals, and wildlife, directly or indirectly, for much of the foreseeable future. Understanding the diseases of animals that can be transmitted to people is an important first step in selecting the best pet and also in reducing the burden of disease in people. But, as you may guess, understanding is not enough—we must work to address the causes of disease, disease emergence, and disease spread. To do this means that we must address the drivers of disease—that is, the things that lead to diseases emerging and becoming a problem. This may mean improving education, reducing poverty, modifying agricultural practices, changing government policy, rethinking drug use in the human and veterinary medical fi elds—the list is indeed long, but worthy of our best efforts. The One Health concept recognizes the overlap of animal health, human health, and the environment and takes a broad look at health and disease and the drivers of each.

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