Top 10 health stories of 2011: food chemicals, vitamin D and brain waves's list of the top 10 most-read health stories from 2011 showed a diversity of interests, from positive lifestyle changes to cautionary tales.

Article on how EEGs can measure awareness of vegetative patients takes top spot

Healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention stories were popular this year. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)'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.