CBCNews.ca's list of the top 10 most-read health stories from 2011 is an interesting mix. From helping Canadians make informed choices about leading healthy lifestyles, boosting vitamin D levels, screening for cancer and lowering cholesterol, to cautionary tales about chemicals in food and avoiding certain medications for kids, the top health articles of the year showed a diversity of interests.

A piece on how Canadian researchers are using electroencephalography — a way of measuring electrical brain activity — to help determine whether patients in a vegetative state are actually aware, took top spot. For those wondering what it's like to be unconscious, yet still cognizant on some level, it was a hopeful glimpse into the workings of the mind.